Sunday, April 21, 2019
Rushkoff: Weaponizing memes
Memes were originally designed to bring attention to legitimate but marginalized issues. However propagandists used the tech to operationalize conflict. Where I disagree is that he claims memes by both sides are used to dehumanize the other when we need to relate to the other. Progressive memes do not dehumanize opponents with differing beliefs; they make apparent the dehumanized ideas that are promoted by weaponized memes. Progressives love the humans who mistakenly accept atrocious ideas and want to provide them with the means and opportunity to improve their lives, while at the same time fighting the weaponized ideas hiding behind lies and manipulation.