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originally posted by: MarkOfTheV
a reply to: seeker1963
Yes... ideally... we should be teaching these kids some sense.
But we/they have been saying that for how many years?
I have two close relatives that are High School teachers. Having a social media presence and being up on all of that meme viral $h1t isn't just encouraged by the powers that be, it's practically required. So while "adults" awareness of this world might be a positive from a certain angle, I do think it's working in the wrong direction. These teachers are just as into meme culture as the kids. I've seen that first hand and it's shines a different light on how these things are effecting society.
Education and social media (where memes are spread) should not be intermingled. That's probably a thread in and of itself.
I think maybe like, we all need to have an agreement, that all memes should be taken as either a joke that tells a story much clearer and cleaner than writing it through the use of culturally familiar imagery and symbolism, or a piece of unverified blatant propaganda. And we should also teach that whole, "propaganda bad... truth good", thing.
Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof
Memes carry dangerous health-related messages and make light of unhealthy eating habits, researchers from Loughborough University wrote in a letter sent to a British parliamentary committee. "A substantial number of individuals on Twitter share health-related Internet memes, with both positive and negative messages," they wrote, noting that many "contain inappropriate material."