“Social media have gutted institutions: journalism, education, and increasingly the halls of government too. When Marjorie Taylor Greene displays some dumb-as-hell anti-communist Scooby-Doo meme before congress, blown up on poster-board and held by some hapless staffer, and declares “This meme is very real”, she is channeling words far, far wiser than the mind that produced them. We’re all just sharing memes now, and those of us who hope to succeed out there in “reality”, in congress and classrooms and so on, momentarily removed from our screens and feeds, must learn how to keep the memes going even then. “Real-world” events, in other words, are staged by the victors in our society principally with an eye to the potential virality of their online uptake. And when virality is the desired outcome, clicks effected in support or in disgust are all the same.”
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Thanks Charlie, I really like his voice and Wray if thinking. I have been trying to remember the book series you told me about at the market. To no avail… I hope your thoughts are wonderful, Daniel Bialkowski
Hi, Daniel! The series I mentioned was Steven Erikson, Tales of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Cheers!
I kind of accidentally wrote a really long response to this that’s also tangentially related to the “go ahead and speak nonsense” blog post, if you want to see it just email me. I might just post it on my own blog lol.
Please send it to me!