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#WW3

The hidden danger of certain memes
Un contributo della community di Nora Viehweider12.01.2020
Ritratto di Nora Viehweider
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I´ve been scrolling through my Instagram feed, when I noticed something which took my attention. I saw a meme saying:

Everyone: making ww3 memes

Me a 19-year-old Iranian boy who`s gonna see the meme irl: “(chuckles) I`m in danger.”

Memes are funny pictures with a text which are supposed to make you laugh. That meme really shocked me and I couldn´t stop thinking about it. I saw a lot of memes about world war 3 the last weeks. Those pictures really confused me because I didn´t get how people could make jokes about something that serious.

The US and Iranian governments strode towards an inevitable conflict over the past weeks. The situation got more and more dangerous. Nobody is really sure about what will happen and there are some thoughts about a third world war. Those believes are just assumptions and speculations. Experts on the other side say that a such war is not very likely to happen. There remains the possibility of war and that creates a feeling of uncertainty.

I asked myself why people make jokes about such threats and I came to the conclusion that they try to cope with that feeling of uncertainty. It is ordinary people: Americans, Iranians and others, who create these memes. They get shared and liked and #ww3 has collected many mentions on Instagram. A deeper look at the content reveals the try of people using memes as a way of expressing their fear.

People always used art and writing as a way of expressing their feelings but I think there is a borderline between humour and disrespect. Those memes are certainly disrespectful to the people affected by the conflicts and I don´t think they should be spread on the internet. Imagine actually being a 19-year-old boy living in Iran. You live in constant fear of the local conflicts and while you scroll through your feed, you get to see a meme like the previous. You wouldn´t feel taken seriously and that would make you feel angry and week.

That´s why those memes are a problem: they make the threat and the possibility of a world war seem less harmful and less dangerous. The people who create those pictures are often misinformed and they lack expert knowledge.

Furthermore, meme creators are not aware of the influence they have on people and society. The range they have is enormous. The platform “Tiktok” is mostly used by younger people. Even there humoristic videos about world war 3 exist. Those videos have an affect on their watchers and they influence their way of thinking. They create their opinions about war in general. The internet helps uninformed and maybe misinformed people to share their wrong opinions. The guidelines for internet users should be way more restrictive.

In conclusion I want to raise awareness and attention to that phenomenon happening right now. I want you to debate and think about the fatal things those memes can cause. Misinformation is spread all around the world and no one is noticing it. We see those pictures; we laugh about them and then we forget them. Or at least we think so. In reality those thoughts remain in our subconsciousness and influence our way of thinking. We are being manipulated by tiny pictures on a screen. We could see it as a way of propaganda making. They want to tell us that there is already a war starting; even though we can´t be sure about that. Those unrespectful, dangerous memes and videos need to be deleted. It shouldn´t be so easy to spread fake news. My advice to you is that you should inform yourself by different sources and build your own opinion. It is only scaremongering and you know better.

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Ritratto di Georg Lechner
Georg Lechner 13 Gennaio, 2020 - 12:26

Ich persönlich bevorzuge ja Texte als Informationsquellen, weil ich mich der suggestiven Macht der Bilder möglichst entziehen will, aber ich verstehe die Gefahr der Indoktrination besonders über die kommerziellen Kommunikationskanäle. Auch Edward Snowden spricht es im Vorwort zu "Permanent Record" an:
"Wenn Menschen online am liebsten ihrer Familie, ihren Freunden oder auch Fremdenmitteilten, was sie vorhatten, und im Gegenzug von Familie, Freunden oder Fremden erfahren wollten, was diese vorhatten, dann mussten die Unternehmen einfach nur herausfinden, wie sie selbst zum Dreh- und Angelpunkt dieses sozialen Austausches werden und daraus Profit schlagen konnten. Dies war die Geburtsstunde des Überwachungskapitalismus und der Tod des Internets, wie ich es kannte."
Übrigens gibt es auch auf der Ebene des geschriebenen Worts Versuche, die Leute für einen dritten Weltkrieg propagandistisch vorzubereiten - und zwar über die Propagierung von Feindbildern (Russland, Iran, die islamischen Länder und ihre Menschen generell, ...). Für (begrenzte) Kriege wurde das schon mehrfach mit Erfolg praktiziert.
Beschließen will ich meine Anmerkungen mit einem Witz aus dem vorigen Jahrzehnt, der nur vordergründig den 3. Weltkrieg verharmlost: Beim Buffet nach einer Pressekonferenz unterhalten sich Blair und Bush recht angeregt. Ein Journalist fragt: "Darf man wissen, worüber Sie sich gerade unterhalten?" Blair: "Wir planen gerade den 3. Weltkrieg." "Und wie soll der aussehen?" "Eine Million Moslems und drei Zahnärzte werden sterben." "Wieso drei Zahnärzte?" Blair knufft Bush in die Seite und sagt: "Was habe ich dir gesagt - kein Schwein fragt nach den Moslems!"

Ritratto di elisabeth garber
elisabeth garber 13 Gennaio, 2020 - 15:29

Das ist ein Text, den man fächerübergreifend in Schulen behandeln könnte, sollte und müsste!

Ritratto di elisabeth garber
elisabeth garber 13 Gennaio, 2020 - 19:39

Hochinteressanter Link: in Worte gefasst, was man längst schon ahnt und zum Teil weiß. "Big Other" sorgt wohl schon seit Jahren (neben Kurzsichtigkeit in jedem Sinne...) für geistige Einschränkung und Entmündigung.
Eigentlich sind dies mittelalterliche Zustände...der Himmel ist halt digital und die Hölle ohne Netz.

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