Why memes are so effective

 invite response                
2022 Jul 22, 6:32pm   38,609 views  390 comments

by Patrick   ➕follow (59)   💰tip   ignore  




lying with taut talking points or evocative images is easy. hell, that’s what they’re for.

but memes that lie mostly do not work.

they are not funny or evocative because the analogy fails. it’s code that won’t compile. only that which draws valid comparison sets off the associational informational cascade that leads to the vast enhancements in informational density that make this modality special.

and without that your meme loses its potency.

you can only tell people so much in a brief span.

that’s why they call it an “attention economy.”

the true meme gets you to run code you already have installed.

that’s why it is so powerful and why its effect cumulate.

we are just starting to see the capability of this jump in communication evolution.

it will shake worlds.

and this is a glorious thing.

it skewers everything.

no one is safe.

(not even if they were promised that there would be a monkey to help them)

the speed with which this can pour a spicy glass of “shut the hell up” and provoke real thought by eliciting and evoking analogy is unprecedented as is the sublime, anarchic free market to select and spread the best means of doing so.

once, the powers that be needed fear only a few cartoonists and voices and could easily suppress their spread. now you must fight against the full force of the insight and creativity of the global myriads and the relentless upvote of the informational instantiations which best work to convey meaning as infallibly adjudicated by an audience of billions that play off one another like jazz night at birdland.

« First        Comments 167 - 206 of 390       Last »     Search these comments

174   FortwayeAsFuckJoeBiden   2023 Nov 30, 5:31am  

Patrick says

somebody was adopted…
188   Booger   2023 Dec 5, 5:21pm  

The history of the Wojak meme.
I had no idea that NPC was a variant

191   GNL   2023 Dec 7, 9:30pm  

PeopleUnited says

It is, but it is only effective for those who believe. That is why the devil has laced every source of truth with lies and corruption. Only the Spirit of God can lead you to the truth.

In these times these words are even more important.
198   Patrick   2023 Dec 17, 4:02pm  


Here’s the headline from Politico, December 12th:

Back in 2021, Florida passed its Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which bans biological males from women’s sports teams. It applies from middle school through college, and even includes intramurals and club teams. A flurry of breathlessly hysterical lawsuits were filed even before Governor DeSantis put down his signing pen, but they were all rejected by federal judges.

One of the unsuccessful suing families had a transexual boy who was then playing on a girl’s high-school volleyball team at Monarch High in Broward County, Florida. The boy’s mother was an assistant coach, which explains a lot of what happened next. Insanely, despite the new law taking effect, Monarch quietly let the boy keep playing with the girls, probably under the temerarious theory that, since their lawsuit was pending, the new law would probably get thrown out before anybody could do anything about it.

Then the new law did not get thrown out. Instead, the lawsuits against the new law got thrown out. It was not what activists expected, since at that time, the trans train seemed to be steaming uphill, full speed ahead.

At that point, they knew they had a problem. The boy was still illegally playing on the girls’ team. The boy’s mom was the assistant volleyball coach, and she was a litigious trans activist (of course). To give you an idea of what kind of activist, according to her court documents, Jessica Norton concluded her son was really a girl trapped inside a little boy’s body when he was three years old.

Anyway, given all the moving parts and their own political preferences, not to mention complete disrespect for the law, Monarch officials decided to let the boy stay on the team while waiting to see what would happen with his lawsuit. But the lawsuit was dismissed. What would you do, if you were the Monarch High principal?

I don’t know what you would do, but Monarch’s principal James Cecil decided the best idea was to keep breaking the law. So Monarch let the boy keep playing, and just tried to keep it quiet. They created a miasmic fog of virtue-signaling balderdash and undermined parents who complained at school board meetings.

But eventually, the State of Florida found out.

Last week, Florida sanctioned Monarch High School for not following the new law. Specifically, Florida declared the boy ineligible to play any sports until November 2024. The school is now on athletic probation. Monarch was fined $16,500. The volleyball season was cancelled. Worst, Monarch school representatives must now attend humiliating “compliance seminars,” both this year and next, and then must host their own “eligibility and compliance” workshop on Monarch’s campus by next summer. On top of that, the State warned Monarch there could even be “more serious consequences.”

Neither Politico nor the Miami Herald (which it was citing) speculated about what the “more serious consequences might be.” But between the article’s lines, you can clearly make the words: “DeSantis doesn’t play.” The Governor has already removed at least three elected officials who refused to uphold laws and once yanked most of a rebellious school board.

Without any notice, Broward County’s Board members were abruptly put on notice their own jobs were in the crosshairs.

So it’s not too surprising that, following Monarch’s official sanctions, Broward suspended the whole lawbreaking cabal of woke school officials including: Monarch principal Cecil, assistant principal Kenneth May, athletic director Dione Hester, assistant girls’ volleyball coach and IT technician Jessica Norton (the boy’s mother), and head coach Alex Burgess. Get under the bus! ...

Suggesting boys shouldn’t play girl’s volleyball used to get you sent straight to Facebook jail. To get us where we are now required: a Republican super-majority, the Governor, several federal judges, state officials, and a newly-compliant cerulean-blue Broward School Board. ...

« First        Comments 167 - 206 of 390       Last »     Search these comments

Please register to comment:

api   best comments   contact   latest images   memes   one year ago   random   suggestions