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Me and Memes

Posted by Bob Barcus on October 27th, 2013

I spend a great deal of time on Facebook and other social media platforms. It's kind of my job to be there, so I run across a lot of memes and various other “informative posts” from my friends and family during the day. Some of them are funny, but others are downright silly when you start to think about it.

In just the last couple of days, I’ve seen posts from my friends and family regarding how you can get a new heart for a child by simply sharing a post. For every like another post gets, Facebook is going to donate some money to a burn victim. And did you know you can bless one of our soldiers overseas by simply sharing a post on Facebook? It’s true!

I also have to laugh every time I see some post about how to trip up a criminal at an ATM machine by inputting your PIN backwards. Or how about those posts with Facebook privacy clause that will magically make the government, Facebook and any spying third parties perfectly unable to use your personal information that you publically post on Facebook? Yes, I’m sure that one works like a charm.

I also enjoy seeing the posts warning you to repost something before Facebook finds out and deletes it. From my experience, these posts usually have something to do with politics and a supposed grand conspiracy by the BBEG (big bad evil guy, for my non-gaming friends). People really get into that crap, I suppose. Also, reposting something about God does not make him automatically answer your prayers or make him do you a huge favor (I’m pretty sure on that one).

I see nothing wrong with posting funny stuff, sharing inspirational quotes and spreading some holiday cheer once in a while. But, I do wish that people would stop and think for a moment about what they’re posting or sharing on their wall. If you really think that you can save the world by sharing a meme, then I’m afraid that you’re sadly mistaken.

By the way, please feel free to share the delightful meme I created below! :)

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