When people give in to memes their minds shut down to the need for thought and debate on real issues that are important. Wikipedia defines a meme as; “‘an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture’. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.” Memes are more like a stupefying virus than positive cultural ‘genetic’ material.
Polarizing memes are an example of memes that shut down minds and put people on a group think track that so often leads to the collapse of thought. This kind of meme forces a person into a fake choice between only two alternatives thereby reducing debate to either-or gut reactions. I have posted an example regarding hand holding vs gun holding. Sadly this is what passes for cultural commentary and ‘deep thought’ on social media today. Being framed as a question the meme carries the weight of an accusation – you have already chosen now explain yourself! Initially your gut reaction is to go for the ‘hand holding’ rather than the ‘gun holding’ alternative. For a secular humanist it’s a no-brainer; hand holding is the only sane alternative! This meme attempts to force Bible believing Christians and other people of deep religious convictions into a gut wrenching choice of the lesser of two evils! See how it shuts down public debate on important social issues while advancing a hidden agenda. This has become the ‘new low’ of social activism.
For the record, I don’t want to see either – men romantically holding hands or violent men holding guns with evil intent. Does that make me a ‘homophobic’, ‘ISILaphobic’, misogynistic, red-neck, ignorant ‘dinosaurus’ Christian?