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You might remember this picture from THIS POST when the guy at the hair salon dyed my hair way too dark and I was so upset I took a selfie mid cry. I also used the photo when I went through the different shades of my hair color throughout my hair dying years. Never did I imagine it would be swiped and used for propaganda.
|This one's via The Comical Conservative (note how I'm giving credit.)|
What I find interesting today is that with so much information out there, we simply take what suits us and toss out anything that doesn't. So, typically, I wouldn't see this meme or even care. But because it hit so close to home, I was forced to consider the implications. It seems that as a society, we're blasting out information without too much concern as to whether it's wrong, right or even misspelled. (I'm sure I've been guilty of that myself.) And if that information (or misinformation) finds its way onto the right channel, it has the potential to go viral, regardless of the context. Who cares if the sobbing girl in the picture is actually upset over a botched hair job, and not crying over "big bad" Obama's Affordable Care Act?
Well, I do. Several of the comments on the fake political poster using my face, criticized "young people who just think they have it so tough. God I hate them." One told the girl in the picture to "Grow the fuck up." Meaning me. Most of the comments were basically just anti-Obama for the sake of being anti-Obama. We see images like this everyday. We laugh, we share, we move on. But when it twists the truth just to confuse and misinform, it makes you realize that much of what is out there isn't true. No matter what side you're on. What's more disturbing is when your face or name is associated with something you don't believe in, and there's really not a whole lot you can do about it.
If there's an upside in this it is my renewed urge to keep more informed. To not share information that is wrong, misleading, or has no relevance. And never steal people's images and make fun of them. This would have made way more sense:
And come on people, don't make fun of the person in the meme. It probably has nothing to do with what the issue actually is. Take these random memes I found on the Internet:
Memes: we have feelings too.