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How ‘Thanks, Obama’ Explains American Politics

Nona Willis Aronowitz explains the “Thanks, Obama” meme writing at Medium:

Barack Obama, slumped like a sullen teen, attempts to dunk a cookie in milk, only to realize with chagrin that the edges scrape haplessly against the cup’s rim. His snack game thwarted, the president mutters with a click of his teeth:

“Thanks, Obama.”

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These few seconds of a Buzzfeed video, which has been viewed more than 55 million times since February, signaled the moment when the one of the most malleable, morally complex political memes of our time arrived at its logical conclusion. It was a meta, sarcastic take on a phrase whose very humor and power lies in sarcasm, uttered by the very man it seeks to either lambast or defend, depending on whom you voted for. The “Thanks, Obama” meme was first used six years ago, and has ricocheted from deep-red backchannels to liberal talk shows and back again: in an Instagram caption for a shattered beer bottle, in a Facebook post from an incensed conservative, in a nonsensical, racist Reddit post, in a tweet from a teenage boozehound bemoaning her underage status.

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Legend Tripping, ‘Mean Girls’ Style: Two Girls Stab Third 19 Times To Please ‘Slender Man’

PIC: MD170, Artist Unknown (CC)

PIC: MD170, Artist Unknown (CC)

Two unnamed 12 year-old girls nearly succeeded in murdering a third the morning after a slumber party, all part of a plan to become ‘proxies’ of The Slender Man and live in his mansion in the forest. The Slender Man is basically an overblown internet meme: This is like sacrificing your best friend to Trollface.

Back in my day when we tied onions to our belts we did our legend tripping the old fashioned way: Wholesome activities like trespassing to chase ghosts and visit the sites of supposed murders and suicides. Ah, you kids today with your doges and pokey-men and what-have-you…

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online.

Both girls were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court; they each face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

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Was Mpregs This Year’s Strangest Meme?

After reading this you may wish you never knew, but if you haven’t heard, the term mpreg refers to a passionate internet subculture devoted to all aspects of male pregnancy. Mpreg enthusiasts create and spread illustrations, stories, and photoshopped images celebrating pregnant versions of imaginary and real-life males of all sorts, from celebrity heartthrobs to political figures to cartoon characters.

Mpreg Central features discussion forums and allows users to upload their own pregnancy “morph” pictures. Meanwhile, the Mpreg Archive boasts pregnant-male fan fiction for Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, The X-Files, and Pirates of the Caribbean, among offerings. With mpreg Harry Potter and touching posthumous mpreg tributes to Paul Walker rolling in, with 2014 be the year mpreg goes mainstream?

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Philip H. Farber on Memetic Entities

Philip H. Farber is the founder of a system of magical practice that synthesizes elements of magick, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and hypnosis to create a “magick about magick,” or Meta-Magick. His book Meta-Magick: The Book of ATEM invites readers to participate in the creation of the memetic entity “Atem.” In this segment, he discusses the concept of memetic entities from a magical perspective.

 

 

Imperium Pictures is currently completing The Gent (a feature starring Genesis P-Orridge, Philip H. Farber, Douglas Rushkoff et al) and a short on solid rocket fuel developer/occultist Jack Parsons in which British director Ken Russell portrays Aleister Crowley.

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Mind Viruses, Post-Modernism and the Rise of the Neo-Shaman: Everyone is Sick in the Head

Memetic exorcism?

Ideology_IconAlthough now we tend to associate the word “meme” with image macros, the original intent was to conceptualize why certain ideas – religious, political, moral – spread more quickly than others.

Some personal ideas regarding this is that contagion is dependent upon simplifying complex concepts in as few words as possible, invoking tried and true cultural archetypes, and using charismatic people as initial meme vectors.

Now, we’re all infected with these mind viruses to some extent or the other, but some of them are more destructive than others and not all of us are aware of them. When you’re aware of mind viruses they can be used constructively. For example, “Follow the Golden Rule” or “Save the environment.” In addition, toxic memes can be used as well to inoculate against full infection, much like one can be immunized against the flu by using “dead” viruses. Awareness and consent – and subsequent moderation –  is critical in this process.… Read the rest

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How ‘The Workshop’ Has Corrupted Rational Political Discussion

Hipster med ölThe original version of this article was a response to Rachel Haywire’s post on her own website entitled “What is the Workshop? where she attacks the pressure to conform to a “facade-liberal” cultural norm and the cause of the week political culture that all of us involved in the hipster creative-professional subculture have to publicly subscribe to if people aren’t going to back away from us.

She called the memetic creation machine that produces these norms “The Workshop”. This structure is intended to create artisanal memes and mass-produce them into the various political subcultures.

Her post described what it does, I describe here what it’s for, as in its political objectives. While this post is intended to stand by itself, it’s best understood after reading hers linked to above.

After posting the comment, it occurred to me that the ideas expressed deserved wider circulation.

Political movements are supposed to be about creating good public policy.… Read the rest

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Los Angeles Residents Trying Not To Be Shot By LAPD

In their ongoing manhunt for Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer gone murderously rogue, Los Angeles police have twice opened fire on innocent people without warning or reason. Last week, cops shot a woman and her elderly mother driving in a car mistaken for Dorner's (although both the license plate and the color of the vehicle were wrong). Police later let loose a hail of bullets on a man driving a pickup truck believed to be Dorner's (although, again, the vehicle make and color didn't match). In response, Buzzfeed notes, a local meme has been created by people hoping not to be blown away by L.A.'s finest:
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A Glimpse Inside The Aurora Killer James Holmes ‘Holmies’ Fandom Community

The pretrial hearing began yesterday for James Holmes, the perpetrator of the movie theater mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado this past year. Buzzfeed has a look at the dark world of so-called “Holmies,” tweens who have celebrity crushes on Holmes centered around his Manic Panic hair, supposed love of Slurpees, and disaffection from society. Presenting the evolution of sociopath and serial killer obsession in the age of Tumblr:

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China’s Top 10 Internet Memes Of 2012

When the first lolcats emerged, who imagined they would morph into a key tool for transmitting political dissent? The Wall Street Journal runs down ten Chinese memes of note of the past year, including Liu Bo is Very Busy, seen at right:

Protestors scored a double victory in the Sichuanese city of Shifang in July, scuppering plans for a molybdenum copper plant while simultaneously giving Chinese Internet users their own version of the Occupy movement’s Lt. John Pike (aka Pepper Spraying Cop).

The overzealous policeman in China’s case, identified by web sleuths as Liu Bo, was wielding a baton instead of pepper spray. Posting under the hashtag #LiuBoisVeryBusy in Chinese, Sina Weibo users published images of the rotund Mr. Liu bearing down on a variety of victims, including the distressed subject of Edward Munch’s “The Scream,” Chinese track star Liu Xiang and a terrified-looking puppy.

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