Somebody is making apple pie and the smell carried to our flat. My son, who is now twelve years old, announced, “I can smell cocaine.” So we had to have that conversation again. It’s OK, he knows what coke is and he knows it’s only cool in memes, but it still concerns me.
I’m on Facebook mainly for the memes. They’re a pleasant escape from reality, whether they be echo chamber jokes for the groups we find ourselves in, or political statements. Or the increasingly common cocaine memes.
I don’t have much more of a point to this… it’s just something that needs to be said. Cocaine is cool in memeland and that is something that more of us need to be concerned about. Children are on TikTok, Instagram, and I don’t know what else… Memes are a global phenomenon that we (well generation X for sure) didn’t have, but they sure do now. And children all over the world are learning what’s cool and what isn’t in a way that many of us never did.
Back in late 2009 when I went to rehab, in Natal at the other end of this small country I grew up in, although I was there for meth, nearly everyone else was in for cocaine, either powder or crack cocaine. So this culture where cocaine is cool is something to be concerned about.
Speak to your kids… It’s important to understand how their views are formed, and how much they “learn” from memes. At the very least, if they have this “cocaine is cool” attitude, it’s time they learn that memes aren’t always the best source of knowledge.
Update: I can’t emphasize this enough… We’re a long long way from beating addiction if children are growing up with a subconscious suggestion that cocaine is acceptable and pleasurable before they are even old enough to be exposed to it directly.
Check out the top comment to a video suggested for me…
It is a silly but light-hearted and funny video, featuring a guy going around in shopping centres and leaning over to fake fart in people’s faces. I’m more interested in the Karen commenting to complain though. OK, Karen.
I do notice something interesting that happens on my Facebook wall on a 30 day ban. I’m getting a lot of these suggested videos, mostly AFV this time. Last time I’d see about 10 “Crazy Russian Hacker” videos every day. I did not see these at all when I wasn’t banned. That interests me because, obviously, my Facebook friends haven’t stopped posting, so there isn’t much of a reason for my wall to be different. The only thing that’s changed is I cannot interact or share anything. This means, the page behaving differently is deliberate. So many people get bans like this now, they’ve made a decision to change the way the site behaves while you’re banned, presumably so as not to drive away the banned users.
The reward of shitposting: 30 days of funny videos…
Also, there is one place the Facebook overlords missed… One can save posts to shared collections, and add existing friends as contributors to those collections. They don’t get a notification so they have to know to look there, or you have to let them know some other way. But I do get a notification every time a friend adds to my shared collection.
I have over 170 posts saved for later and still have 23 days left of my Facebook ban, so Zod knows I’m not gonna get to all of them.
Also, I’m on leave this week, cleaned the kitchen which took me nearly three fucking hours and I’m waiting for the floor to dry. So here’s a good meme I saw on my break…
It’s true not because you should try to control any woman, but because you shouldn’t.
I’m too tired to make a serious statement about the depressing state of the world right now. So I’ll just leave you with this.
Just a meme today…
Somebody shared this “inspirational” meme, and I couldn’t help but reshare it with my own sarcastic comment, one that intends to show how contrived and meaningless these types of messages really are.
And the first to ask, “Who farted?”, is he who farted…
Seriously, annotating bullshit with “True story” doesn’t make it less bullshit.
- Apologizing is a good thing. In what context does it matter to apologize first?
- Forgiveness may make you strong, but not always wise. It can lead to tragedy.
- The first to forget? The happiest? Ignorance is bliss.