Point/Counterpoint: Is meme culture insensitive or no big deal?

August 23, 2019

Lighten up, folks

Meme culture is used for entertainment purposes, but people are getting too wound up over it for no reason.

Everyone has a different sense of humor. People can’t post anything without someone getting offended. The part that is troubling is the inconsistency between what is or isn’t “funny.”

A celebrity posts a progression photo of their body and the top comments are people tearing them down. However, when your friend does it, they receive praise. A meme made by a liberal is funny and used to start a movement, but when a conservative makes a meme it’s hateful and should be reported.

People have the right to post anything else on their account that they want even if others won’t agree with it. Memes are meant to make people laugh. If you don’t find it funny, don’t look at it.

Plus, the majority of memes are found on spam pages anyway. Should you really follow the account if you don’t agree with what they say and how they view the world? The unfollow and the block button are pretty self-explanatory. What you shouldn’t do is comment under the post and start a small internet war with all the immature children that probably aren’t even reading what you’re saying anyway.

All that the internet trolls want is attention and by acknowledging their antics you’re giving them what they want. If there’s something you don’t like or agree with that someone is doing, just remove yourself from the situation. Don’t give them the satisfaction.

If there was a post that Instagram thought was inappropriate, they would have it deleted. There are people that literally have the job of combing through Instagram to delete posts that violate the guidelines. Whatever is left over is technically acceptable.

You can’t change what people post but you can change whether or not you see it and let it bother you. So, before you trigger-finger a response, think about whether or not it’s worth your time.

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We need to be kinder

Social media has changed the way we entertain ourselves. Instead of having to have real interactions with people throughout the day, we can find bits of joy while scrolling through endless tweets and posts. We constantly are sharing memes and sometimes even making them to make ourselves laugh. At some point, memes began to inch over a line of insensitivity. They started making fun of people suffering from serious diseases and disorders.

After Demi Lovato overdosed and almost died last year, the internet raged with memes about her substance abuse. When Cameron Boyce died a few weeks ago, memes about his seizures immediately began to circulate. Boyce’s family and friends had to ask people to stop spreading those memes.

It appalls me at how disrespectful memes have become. People’s life-threatening issues are not meant to be spread as a joke just so people can click on them and have a quick laugh. The people in these memes are real, and they have real feelings and families. Celebrities are forced to deal with gossip and rumors every single day and adding sporadic waves of jokes about their private life to that is unsafe for their mental health.

A lot of memes are still funny and I love seeing them, but there are just too many rude ones out there.The issue is with the emotionally vulnerable celebrities who are being seriously hurt by insensitive memes.

These disturbing posts are mainly on Twitter, where they don’t end up getting taken down. People retweet and like these rude tweets so much that sometimes they even end up trending with serious tweets like obituaries from people who want to share how they feel about a celebrity’s death. No one wants to be in their feels when they suddenly see a disgusting post making fun of a tragic situation.

What happened to wholesome memes? The internet culture needs to move past these immature games and start being more respectful, especially when it comes to people’s lives.

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