Start with how unfair various things are — because they are. Relatable memes… you know … I’m thinking that it’s out there already. The voices. In the memes. Those who like, comment, share… I’m getting the inkling of a notion.. hope it turns into a usable idea
Some thoughts from the dank meme side (probably not something for official NYRA but individuals separately) – the popularity of school shooting memes.
Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd had kids rebelling and burning down the school after showing how they were subjected to the toxicity and injustice of the environment and that was from way back.
A few years ago, boyinaband made “Don’t stay in school” and has continued speaking out.
Among kids themselves now, the relatability of school shooting memes and “Pumped Up Kicks” in meme music shows the same kind of rage dressed in irony (because presumably nobody sharing the memes would go and DO it, but they relate to the sentiment.
So, I don’t have a finished idea, just musings.
I know. A lot of them are like that — it’s very dark humor and I’m not suggesting using it. But it shows there’s a common frustration among youth that’s being expressed… and it might be possible to turn it into activism of a positive form, although I’m not sure how yet.
Sadly there is also a fatalism – an acceptance that “if it happens, no surprise” which has an aspect of hopelessness.
I know these are all dark – but this feeling of “about to snap but holding it together” is a common human experience from time to time but seems especially true in the pressure cooker environment of school.
I’m glad kids are reaching out in their own ways to each other across the globe through these memes; a generationally shared feeling that they all deal with and dissapate in the way they can; through dark humor.
Still I think there has to be a way to shine some light, show that not only humor is a way to cope but that it’s possible to do something positive for change.
Indeed – and in some parts of the world, their very lives are on the line and they’ve taken up arms.
I could not imagine this kind of environment, to have to make these kinds of life decisions. I sadly too often choose to take a blind eye because I’m not in a position to affect change that’s as powerful as the kind of change I can do in my own way from where I am for the kinds of problems we have here.
But a piece of my heart still goes out to those quite literally fighting battles that I hope someday are no longer a reality as they’d come to a political peace in the places they call home.
But Pakistan’s Youth Parliament is a bright spot. It’s uncommon for nations to take the voices of youth seriously and one of the functions of a civil society is to listen to all members.
It helps avoid situations that can escalate and last for generations.