Sunday, December 20, 2015

meme generator 101

It is beyond cavil that in the 21st Century, in the United States of America, both online and in that despised physical corporal world everyone wants so badly to escape,** you must, as a participating citizen of this great social enterprise heretofore referenced as the United States of America, stay current with whatever new idea, phrase, or 140-character utterance is considered your age-cohort-reflective version of the jr high school or high school student's idea of "popularity."

Upon such notions are great nations built.

Likewise, because in this same time period people are tired of thinking of what's straightforwardly obvious and true, self-concept must be built in the negative.  You are not this, you would never be that, how can anyone possibly think ________ is socially acceptable, etc.  In your age-cohort-reflective social colossus --that very same think tank of social media trend building into which Zuckerbergs tap for manipulation to fiscal advantage-- you will employ what you consider "humor" to further show your Good Citizen status, and this "humor" will also be cast in the negative.  You choose a masticated and pepsin-deconstructed version of irony, one so digested into constituents it shouldn't still be running under the same label.

But you have motive force, you can build trends.

You might build one based on something you saw elsewhere.  But you wouldn't credit the source, because that might make you look unoriginal, and the "ironic" display shouldn't ever match the comic construct to which it aspires.  That would have too much substantive integrity, which isn't a good fit in your nugatory world.

**Hence the obsession with online as reality, face buried in smartphone/tablet/laptop/desktop display, more energy into twitter and facebook than in talking to neighbors and thinking about who might be playing "no cookie crumbs on my paws" when examining public spending and yes-votes by those you believed to represent your interests fairly adequately and _____________ (with progress always in mind / always conserving fiscal resources in the most prudent manner), et cetera.  Tell me I'm not correct here.


H.M. Lohmann said...

Main entry by Chet, footnote by Karl?

Karl Franz Ochstradt said...

Division of labor. Talent-based devolution of authorial power. Divvying up the jokes, splitting the weight. I'm his sherpa.

Chet Redweld said...

As Karl suggests, the footnote was more than just a footnote, it needed a special kind of observation that might not have come naturally to me. I just built the stick frame, Karl did the finish work.

Harold Caidagh said...

I suppose without me speaking up you'll never know that Karl got some scribbled phrases from me for that one, so don't pretend things didn't devolve to my level.

H.M. Lohmann said...

Maybe if Anne and Charles and Paul will stop by with a comment, we can have full communal input.

Paul Behrer said...

...and achieve as much in that socially egalitarian vein as the noblest Marxist theorized collective, and surprisingly without working under a banner either called or symbolically suggesting Progress.

Charles F. Oxtrot said...

I can stop by long enough to admit I agree with Paul.

Anne O'Dyan said...

As can I. Your circle is complete, Hy.

Honoria Helper, L.C.S.W. said...

Tell me I'm not correct here.

I think you aren't correct there.

We do not dwell in a Utopia. Only Utopians let the perfect be the enemy of the good. If you would bother to examine your choices among candidates with a bit more clarity of vision, you would see the clear advantage sits with the Democrats, since they are the only candidates who are not misogynists, are not homophobes, are not cishet-riarchists. You don't see those insane Ayn Rand ideas from a Ron Paul or Rand Paul in the Democratic circle, do you? There's no madman egotist like Trump in the Democratic candidate group for POTUS 16, is there? Do you really want to go back to the days of cowboy Bush and his lead ranch hand & head trigger man Dick Cheney? That's what we'll get with a Trump or Cruz or whatever Republican madman we'll see from those reactionaries.

A vote for anyone but Bernie is just a waster, even if you sincerely register it in protest against some Republican hate machine propaganda you heard or read about Bernie. It's time to Feel The Bern '16, America.

Honoria Helper, L.C.S.W. said...

Oh I'm so sorry, I have to make a correction.

A vote for anyone but Bernie is just a waster

There should be no r at the end of waste.

I don't think that was a Freudian slip and besides, I'm not a Freudian analyst anyway. It really would be quite impossible for me to be one. He really despised women and anyone who wasn't a heterosexual male.

Harold Caidagh said...

Say, Doc Helper, aren't you engaged in that thing shrinks call "bargaining"?

You know, with that whole "lesser of two evils" or as you put it, the "never let the perfect be the enemy of the good" argument?

Is there no value in each individual choice? The hive mind really does control our existence?

Honoria Helper, L.C.S.W. said...

Individual choice is important in that it reflects the individual's tendency, or not, to be sociopathic, psychopathic, schizophrenic/Multiple Personality Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Reactive Disorder, or any one of dozens of other conditions applicable to persons who elevate the individual over the group.

But thankfully, as I've told our host Mr Redweld on prior occasions, there are qualified professionals who can help you if you do, or tend to, suffer from one of these unfortunate conditions. With the right combination of talking therapy, cognitive reorganization and restructure work, psychoactive pharmaceuticals, habit-changing practices, and obtaining a new source of information for the things you want to learn about the world around you, a considerably brighter future is within reach for you. It's covered adequately under Obamacare and I or a handful of other qualified counselors would be happy to take your information and consider it in application for a program in zenithological therapies of a type similar to what I've just described.

Most graduates --SNEEZE! excuse me!-- I mean, most clients who have engaged in or completed work in this exciting new field of zenithological therapies have reported that they are much happier, more productive and, most importantly, feel more plugged-in as a direct result. I would urge you to look into it.