Ahh, The story of memes, continued to make up work. I enjoy looking at net-memes. I still cannot call them actual memes due to the fact..that they are not actual memes. In my opinion, net-memes may be created with the intention of representing many cultural memes. However, net-memes have taken a form that allows people to down play these cultural ideas. A meme is an idea that is shared within a culture. it is a piece of information that can be taken from a society. Stereotypes are the result of memes. The Corporate Glass ceiling is the result of memes. Society, gender roles, stigmas, biases, are all the result of a culture-borne idea that takes root and spreads. Net-memes are a different, and when net memes are used to represent an actually serious idea it inadvertently makes the idea ridiculous. I am writing this post to discus my favorite… net-memes. Enjoy
Meme # 1 The Pepper Spray Cop
So why did I pick this meme. I know I spoke about it on my last post but I actually have something to say. One of our classmates took the liberty to take officer Pike’s side and say that the students deserved to be sprayed. We all are entitled to our opinions so here is mine :) These Occupy students were allowed to demonstrate. The police were not boxed in. Following the argument that the students trapped the officers, youtube posts circulated showing the spraying from all angles. The police were able to walk in and out of the crowd as they saw fit. The problem with net-memes in this situation is the fact that they allow people to take the situation lightly, or become a friggin Internet Troll. What is a net binge troll? A fool that takes the negative side in every argument to piss people off. This meme is highlighting an important situation. Democracy is not attained by sitting on your ass and waiting for the laws to fix themselves. A true democracy is shaped by free speech and demonstration. If you abuse your right to free speech, and allow yourself to be a victim of oppression, then there is a need for people like this in a third world country. Americans will fight for their rights and you can go live with people who have no rights :)
for comedy relief here is an Internet Bridge troll
Meme # 2 >:) Fox….You call it news
Hey, I have to stay on topic with the cop that was just doing his job. Even reporter, Megyn Kelly , reports how childish this squabble is. She makes a scholarly analysis of pepper spray when she says, “It’s like a derivative of actual pepper. It’s a food product, essentially.” Classmates, if you are a Fox news watcher, please understand that Fox is part of a mediaopoly that pushes about 80% of our media content. They don’t care about delivering real news Even Bill O’Reilly says, “I don’t think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police. Particularly at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.”… -_- Monday morning quarterback the police. I now wonder what media hit the American television back during the civil rights movement.
Meme#3 …The Ads… All of em
There is someone out there thinking. This is not a meme. This is an ad. There is someone out there that understands exactly what my point is. Ads have always been the place for the old media to project memes to us. Memes that we subconsciously except because many many people are a reflection of their media. If you control mainstream media, you control your society. There was a time that the theories of Sigmund Freud made their way to the hands of advertisers. You know the hypodermic needle theory, I don’t need to elaborate. Ads are a vicious and dirty thing that need to be looked at thoroughly. And ads, look very much like net memes. The reason this happens is because gives you the impression that it is a social tableau. Net memes imitate this form of messaging. Look at this picture. You clearly see the message, the idea, and the meme it represents. This could easily depict a white modal tossing the head of a scruffy counterpart. However, that would not fit the meme. The idea that blacks are socially inept, and unproductive. They are saying “Re-Civilize yourself, look like you give a damn” We have the right to create and publish our ideas. I am just saying that memes have the power to remove significance from an idea. A net meme is a picture. When a picture is used to tell a story, the key players and issues of the story are lost. This is why ads use this model. Ads hold the facade of a social tableau in order to show that discussion and reform are not necessary. I am done with my rant. goodbye