Memes are Stupid

I know I’ve said this before, but memes are stupid.  And yes, I know that the stupid pictures with text like the one to the left aren’t theoretically memes in the Dawkins sense, but that’s how they’re treated and labeled most often.  So that’s what I’m going with.

Memes are what happens when you’re too damn stupid to be able to talk about the subject intelligently.  They’re what happen when you’re too lazy to express your own ideas.  They’re what happen when you’re too pathetic to form your own beliefs, instead relying on what other people have made to toss around social media.

In other words, memes are for idiots and there are far too many idiots out there.  I am ever so sick of idiots.

And this is one reason why I hate social media so much, because all people do there is throw around supposedly pithy pictures with text pasted over the top of them, as though they’re doing something worthwhile.  That’s why Twitter is so pointless, nobody is talking, everyone is just throwing memes at each other.  Are you people stupid?  It’s no wonder why the young are so laughably idiotic.

The idea of having an intellectual discussion on any of these forums is absurd.  I know, I’ve tried.  But most people are simply incapable of just typing, they constantly send images back and forth because forming independent, individual thoughts is hard.  Defending your positions is a challenge.  The world revolves around memes.  It’s lazy thinking, if you can even describe it as thinking.

And it shocks me how few people seem to recognize this.

I’m honestly expecting people to start showing up at real life political events, not carrying signs, but carrying images.  It’s how people communicate anymore.  It’s pathetic.  This is content for the short attention span theater.  It’s ideas for the short bus crowd.  Can someone please explain it to me?  Because I really don’t get how dumb the modern social media crowd is.

3 thoughts on “Memes are Stupid

  1. I don't think the meme thing is about people being stupid as much as it is about people being lazy and preferring images over text. Lots of people would prefer not to read. I've been doing some experimentation with Facebook and have found that posting a meme with no next will produce roughly 10x more "likes" than posting a link to a blog post even if the same meme is included alongside the link. I figured there would be a difference, but I had no idea it would be this big a difference. Love them or hate them, it is hard to deny that memes work.

    1. Work in what way? To produce stupid, lazy sheep? Sure. Is that a good goal to have? Absolutely not. They certainly do not work to producce intelligent discourse and rational debate. That's all I care about.

      1. Work in the sense that they generate traffic, typically lots more than text-oriented blog posts. If I stopped writing and just created anti-Trump memes, I bet I could increase my traffic at least tenfold.

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