posted on Nov, 21 2011 @ 02:48 PM
Are we witnessing the rise of a new form of self regulating social control?
In light of all the doom and gloom on ATS, I wanted to share this tidbit for a quick laugh and maybe witness the birth of a new trend.
If you havent already read the story on this incident, there is a good existing thread if you are unfamiliar with this story.
Police Officer peppersprays nonviolent student protestors at UC Davis
As i stated in the title, this story has gone viral on the internet, resulting in an explosion of "lol-pics" or meme's.
The google trends on the keywords have gone through the roof, if you need proof!
here are some of the funniest ones I found.
I saved the best for last. This one spoke volumes to me!
So the question I asked at the top of the thread was "Are we witnessing the rise of a new form of self regulating social control?" And I would say
If you hadn't noticed before, kidding, or shunning is a form of social control. when we look at the etymology of kidding we get
When the OED gives a fairly half-hearted sounding explanation of a word's origin, you know that no one really knows where the word came from. The verb
to kid is one of those. It's likely that it came from the noun kid "the offspring of a goat". That dates in English from about 1200, and it is thought
to be the same word as Old Norse kið (Swedish and Danish kid), which takes us back to the Old Teutonic root kiðjom "young goat". By 1599 the word's
meaning had been extended in English to refer to human children (if you have ever seen young goats playing, you may understand why). How did we get
from human children to joking? In 1811 to kid meant "to coax, hoax or humbug" in thieves' slang, and by 1839 it had softened a bit (and expanded from
the circle of thieves) to mean "tease playfully, talk jokingly". It is thought to come from the "human child" meaning, with a notion of "to treat like
a child", or from the sense "to make a kid (fool, ass) of"
So from this we see that kidding can be thought of as "Coaxing, to treat like a child, to make a kid of".
And by doing this, we hope to change upon or improve ones behavior, such as when we tease people into making a decision. With the birth of the
internet culture, we are seeing this behavior on an almost global scale. Now if you get caught on tape acting in an inappropriate manner, the whole
world can shun and kid you, as Lt. Pike is now finding out!
Know your meme: Pepper Spray Cop
edit on 11/21/2011 by VonDoomen because: (no reason given)