How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

Revenge of the Nerds: Westboro's Just Desserts

Who has more time on their hands than the Westboro Baptist Church's protesters who drew up dozens of signs and spent the day standing in front of the San Diego Comic Con? Nerds. Who drew up dozens of signs and spent the day standing in front of Westboro Baptist Church in front of the San Diego Comic Con... while dressed in cosplay.

Infamous for their protest of military funerals of homosexual soldiers holding signs that say "GOD HATES FAGS," the WBC decided that geeks have too much fun and marched on over to San Diego to tell us all that we're worshiping superheroes and reading more comic books than the Bible while making the pilgrimage to our own personal Mecca, the SDCC. They had no idea what they were in for.

Here's a little tip: if you ever try to take what is meant to be good, clean, geeky fun and take it as seriously as the damnation of your eternal soul... be prepared to be met with snark.

Here are some of the best counter-protest signs produced by those lovely nerds at SDCC:
All Glory to the Hypno-Toad
God Loves Gay Robin/The Cylons Destroyed the 12 Colonies for your sins
God hates sentries
Kill all humans
DERP/Have you seen my keys?/Is this thing on?/Odin is God/HALLO! My name is Inigo Montoya...
And my personal favorite:
God Hates Jedi
Look at that. The stalwart Starfleet officer even took the time to learn the correct plural form of Jedi.

Look, WBC, I'm with you on the whole Jesus-died-for-our-sins thing. But seriously. You're not helping.

Comments

  1. Jennifer Neal7/25/10, 5:35 PM

    WOW! That was an amazing story! I still can't get over WB....blows my mind every time they show up some where!

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