On this page I will be posting internet memes of interest. I will be supplying critique as well. Pretentious I know. ‘Swat I du bitchez.
This will give a practical place to posit discussion of internet memes and how they relate to the larger theory of memes that is developing in the Sphere. Memetic theory is the most satisfying theory of mind, especially the aspects of hive mind that are illusive under the deception of hyper individualism.
But for those who have already read your quota of words for the week I promise lots of pictures and snappy attitudinous one-liners.
The Meme that can be named is not the real Meme
- I do not know the artist, nor have I spent any time trying to find out, not really. But these things are free and anonymous, mostly? Anyway this one is profoundly insightful.
- I am starting with the most existential meme I have seen to date. It is really an internal social/personal insight, rather than a political statement about foes. Our complex relationship with the meme demon Pepe. He is manic depressive. He takes thoughtful pleasure in the grief of other’s, but is self pitying when the fun runs out. He is the trickster. No wonder Hillary Clinton fears him. He was at the bottom of Pandora’s box. They thought it would be more and more and newer treats and pleasures all the way down. but then there he was, Pepe.
- Guess there was a message to our enemies after all.
From the Memery
This is a meme without words. The movie was campier than the book seemed. I did read it first though, so may be biased by my own horror at the content. I had gone literally from 10 years of reading nothing but the Bible, and a very few commentaries, to A Clockwork Orange within a year or two. We watched the movie also in class. I never quite got the premise of the therapy. Why would Alex be horrified at the sight of violence? Why wouldn’t he get off on it? Flood him with violent images? Aren’t these the memes that already occupy his soul?
Well I am no psychologist I recon. The idea of being forcibly memed is a metaphor that makes sense to any modern. This is what being on the receiving end of Adorno’s Wand feels like. It thinks we are infinitely plastic in disposition that we can be made into anything it wants.
But there are so many subtle memes conveyed by this image. Fear, of course; terror at its most basic . But we know it is a certain kind of tortured fear. It looks clinical. Institutional; the effort of the state. As it appears this little chamber of horrors is set up for the (((supposed))) benefit of the tortured. Oh what pretty lies those who deny Logos, and its Telos pimp.