@wordsmith true true... That'll come in handy
thought experiment: a cat is in a box containing decaying nuclear material and poison gas. the box is on some trolley tracks. as the trolley approaches the box, it has all its parts systematically replaced so that no original part remains by the time it strikes the box. inside the trolley is a man receiving instructions on levers to pull in Chinese. do you take the money?
@wintgenstein if you were a kid in 1979, that's about equal, accounting for inflation. If you were a kid later it's less than they got paid back then
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@brogepi I spell it yall to further legitimize it as a word
Hey, I wrote a thing called Hands: http://bit.ly/2IDaZNE
@garfiald I see, and memes lack that vision. Which I agree with that critique: the "secret sauce" of Dada was its revolutionariness, and memes, at least to my mind, are just inchoate reactions to a shallowly-perceived status quo. They're jokes.
@garfiald thank you for the education! I never thought of it that way. Art does communicate with its time though, right? Is a product of the artist and so the society that artist is in? I agree that dismissing art as mere protest is missing the point, but there is such a thing as protest art?
I am, admittedly, out of my depth here.
@doctorow companies have too much money
@garfiald I feel like Dada was working *against* something, like the rigidness of the status quo or the absurdity of the first world war. What are modern memes working against? I guess there is an angst at the economic or political situation, and an anxiety at the ecological one. So maybe it's an echo, or contains echoes? Thoughts?
@pla thanks for the tips! I need to start riding on the weekends now...
Best of luck on your ride!
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Constant "ironic shitposting" is a means of plausible deniability. It's a way of hiding your true intentions or not having to choose a firm position.
An example would be calling people "soy boys".
It was originally pushed based on bunk science, that taking in soy based products will feminise you as a man, due to the phytoestrogens that come with soy.
It was a way of mocking leftists, which tend to be more likely to be vegetarians/vegans and the perceived feminisation of our generation of men (due to the left).
Once proven on a large scale that their scientific claims had no grounds, they move on to claim that it was never about the science in the first place.
"LOL, imagine mentioning phytoestrogens when I call people soy boys!".
When you ever have the misfortune of having to talk with people like that, don't let that irritate you. Pin them down properly and make them defend what they actually said.
Chances are they never had to, due to the approach mentioned above.
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