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This was a response I was going to post in the "what do you think about reddit" thread that obviously got closed during the shitstorm. Just leaving it here because I was sooooo offended that the thread got closed moments before I hit the post button. Maybe some poor sap will read it, I dunno, or maybe I'll delete it tomorrow when I realize it was just a stupid rant.
Oh boy oh boy, this is where it gets interesting. Y'all are about to come to blows over the meaning of freedom of speech and, even better, freedom of memes. Remember kids, all memes are stupid. If you post a meme, it's because you're stupid. It's okay to be stupid, even celebrated here in the USA. After all, our president is literally a meme, a walking one-liner, a simple comedian. A lot of people were wondering about memes on Doomworld in the why did I get a warning thread, and it made me think back to the last time I posted a meme here, which was from King of the Hill. It was stupid. That's the whole point, to be an idiot on purpose, to degrade yourself for a laugh. It's fun and silly. It is never factual or interesting or worthwhile. If there's any correctness about a meme, it's as valuable as a clock that is broken but happens to be pointing to the right time of day anyway. It's as valuable as when someone blurts out the correct answer to a math question but doesn't know how to actually derive that answer.
Most Americans are incredibly stupid and never ever do research. We are encouraged from day one to be as dumb as a brick. I mean just think about it, we have political ads. People running for office get to put videos on TV of themselves jerking off (basically a meme). It should be painfully obvious that any video produced by a political contender for their own campaign is going to be 100% biased and worth less than a rotten porkchop at the bottom of a landfill. Even if there's factual information in that video, it doesn't matter. It is inherently non-scholarly. There are no references, no substantial explanations, no logical proofs, no neutrality, no objectivity, and that is by definition, not by accident. Factual information in political ads is the accidental part. The people who produce them need your vote, and only your vote, to succeed. They need to be popular, not to be right. The ones that are right are usually drowned out by the ones that are LOUD. The ones that lie to the Stupid American People and tell them what they want to hear. Those are the winners in the meme world: The liars, the cheaters, the tantrum throwers. And it is your fault. You listened to it, you took it as fact, and you voted based on it. You took the bait. It doesn't matter if it happened to be a good person to vote for: If you voted based only on their ad, it's kinda ridiculous to think of yourself as having merit. You just guessed and it turned out to be the right answer.
So on to the Karen meme, it is stupid. It's a meme. It's a joke. And yes, it is stereotyping. I know, personally, people who think it's okay to be racist against white people because white people are in power and deserve to be knocked down a few pegs. I can't say I completely disagree. It's a little different to say "fuck you" to someone who is rich and purposely keeping you in a lower position, than to say "fuck you" to someone who is poor and struggling to get to your level. Putting someone down who is already below you is just further bullying, but putting someone down who is above you is fighting for your own freedom and survival, is it not? Karen specifically refers to a highly privileged person. Someone who wants to speak to the manager because a worker looked at them the wrong way. Why do we care about this person? I find myself caring less and less the more I think about it. I can think of classier ways to make fun of them than regurgitating a meme, but then again there's always a classier way than regurgitating a meme. It is indeed a conundrum, a catch-22, because even though the goal is supposed to be equality and equity, it seems like it should be okay in some situations to act unequally toward others. Stealing is wrong...but if Karen has 100 apples that she didn't pick herself, and DaShawn has zero even though he worked hard all day, then I think DaShawn should steal some fucking apples.
Similarly, Donald Trump is an absolute failure who should have been fired long ago. People who latch on to that idea through memery and further regurgitate memes are not being intelligent. They are correct only by accident. But that doesn't make Trump less of a fuck up. The stupidity of people who just say Karen because it makes them feel better is about equal to the stupidity of people who hate Trump because he's angry white (orange) man, which is about equal to the stupidity of hating Obama because he's black, which is about equal to the stupidity of hating liberals because they eat soy. But none of that stupidity changes the reality that white people enjoy, on average, the most security and welfare out of anyone, that Trump cries for censorship on the reg, that Obama was an establishment sellout who helped crush other brown-skinned people, or that the loudest lefties make themselves look incredibly stupid by backing themselves into logical corners so deep that they can't even win an argument against Steven Crowder.
Reddit is awesome because it is a microcosm of the unhinged internet. It is a place that we can learn how not to discuss. As others have said, if you find the right community, you can have actual discussions. Meaning, the rules (official or not) of those communities create a constructive place to share ideas, and those rules obviously are above or at least different from the rules of Reddit. The same phenomenon can be seen in many areas of the internet, with varying degrees of successful moderation from the top. Places like Wikipedia focus heavily on neutrality and being able to back up claims with factual research, and what do you know, that's a much better place to get your information than Reddit. Wikipedia doesn't care about your freedom to speak lies, and that's a good thing. It's pretty amazing to me that people get news from Reddit, I can't see how that's any better than getting news from Facebook. The lesson I get from Reddit is that most users are obsessed with pretending to be right, having a one-up, maintaining their high moral ground while being condescending to anyone who disagrees with them, getting a laugh while actually pushing their agenda. It's like one giant personal insult. I love it. People waving red flags crying about people waving blue flags calling them Karens while crying about being called Soy by the Nazis who cry when their blood & soil post gets removed from the thread about why white people should feel guilty just randomly all the time.
Anyway, my point is, name-calling is always offensive, and as a teary-eyed liberal gender neutral BLM snowflake who doesn't believe in money, it doesn't really bother me that much. I chose a long time ago to deflate the name-callers by accepting their names with grace and humor. If someone calls me a faggot, I say "thank you very much." If someone calls me a Karen, I ask to speak to their manager. On the other hand, I'm white and my penis is also white, so I have little to worry about other than potentially being assaulted for my appearance. Maybe the best way to end identity politics is for you to stop being so offended. Look at Reddit and laugh at the children pooping in their diapers. Or wade through the diapers and find your niche, your choice. I agree that the bland design and the karma points are probably bad choices by the website itself, but for the most part it seems like people's complaints about the website are in fact complaints about the people. Reddit might be part of the problem, but I'd argue that the participants are the bigger part. It's just that online, their fear of face-to-face confrontation is diminished, and so you get to have a look into their most controversial thoughts. Maybe that's a good thing, because it will help you to realize that those are actual people in real life who vote based on those opinions, who eat up memes like it's actual food for thought, who can't muster up the courage to say "I was wrong" regardless of the political flag they hide behind.