Death to Memes!

Okay, so maybe your friend is having a bad day and you decide that posting a little inspirational message (in pretty type or accompanied by a nice photograph or funny drawing) on facebook might be just the thing to cheer them up.

That is a nice thing to do. Sending good thoughts over the interwebs.  And, you never know, it might cheer your friend up. So I guess I don’t want death to all funny pictures and quippy quotes. But can we, please, stop trying to elect our President by meme?

First of all, posting memes for your candidate doesn’t accomplish anything … really … except to remind all your friends, yet again, who you’re voting for. I don’t know of a single voter who (upon being polled regarding why they support a particular candidate) replied, “I saw this meme on twitter and just knew – right then – John Kasich was my guy!”

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And it’s not like you’re starting a meme discussion. You post a Hillary meme, then your cousin posts a Bernie meme in response, then you answer her with another Hillary meme and she Bernie-memes back, and so on and so on  until one of you finally concedes and says, “Okay, your memes win. I’m changing my vote!”

If you take my advice and stop meming, think of all the time you’ll be freeing up in your schedule. Time to spend with loved ones. Or getting exercise. Or thinking up something of your own to say. And who can tell where all that stuff might lead? ‘Cause, you know …

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5 thoughts on “Death to Memes!

  1. “Meme, how i hate ya how I hate ya, my damn old Meme” Memes and tweets and sound bytes. The devolution of human communication. My friend and mentor Jima Shepard used to refer to writers “hitting the surface” in their works. That is what people using memes as their primary communication method are doing. Surface. Gloss. Shine. Nothing deeper. Someone recently commented on Facebook that one of my posts was a bit long, a bit too deep. I guess they wanted a cat picture and a homily about the depths of my despair over the death of literature and human relationships.

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