Ah, you’re impressed with buzz creation.
Well, enjoy. I did it back in 2007-2014 to jiggle Google results. Made me $$ too ’til they figured out how we all did it and how to detect and stop it.
But creating narratives for news is standard PR work, now done for fun, which is fine except for those not in on the joke that will unironically use it.
Making memes spread / going viral is now in a slightly advanced internet saavy 4th graders knowledge toolkit, easily mastered by 6th grade. Go to Instagram, Tik Tok for positive buzz makers and to 4chan, ifunny and discord for negative buzz makers in the middle school set.
There’s the losers club of 30 yr old gamers too – I’m not knocking their contributions, or the gods of the liars club, Milo Yannopolis and his whole “Dangerous” thing. They’re just not that impressive anymore.
It only works if it’s done in secret.
How about fighting for the future of the USA and the world instead of annoying-the-adults?
Last year it was “genderclover”, “It’s ok to be white”, various attempts to turn other everyday items into KKK symbols. It’s kid stuff, like having a Hitler PFP or making racist jokes or actually reading Ben Shapiro and taking him seriously.
I dove into brony subculture, minecraft subculture, ‘internet philosopher” subculture, new atheist subculture, and in 2014 it was far right subculture. It got boring by 2016 as it was commonplace. Once CNN said, “alt-right”, I knew their game was on its death knell.
I know people that are deeeep into it for real. Sometimes it starts with a little Jordan Peterson and grows. All depends.
Udut If you ask them, they’ll say it’s not really a thing. But fish can’t always see the water they swim in.
alt right is an extension of Rush Limbaugh culture. Radio troll from 90s onwards, heavily influenced what the GOP has become.
Alex Jones was a Rush Limbaugh 2.0
Fascinating to me is how Pat Robertson’s paleoconservatism intersects with all of this. His line brought in the TV evangelical fundamentalist Christians into the mix over the years.
Anyway, if you’re really interested in how memes affects marketing, politics and society, look into subcultures.
It’s not simply “anti-SJW” trolls vs CNN. Rather it’s an amazing intersection of various subcultures that occasionally bond over common perceived enemies.
Oh, I’m not writing this for you. I write to see my own thoughts. You’re just paper I’m writing on. But thank you for this space. A conversation is just a side benefit.
Each time I write, I learn more about what I think.
It’s not that you’re unimportant. You are, too. But not my goal. I keep other people’s names off it though.