In our culture we value information, and I think this is a good thing. We have a world of information available to us 24/7, and we need to be able to make informed decisions. However, we do not seem to value the authenticity of information nearly as much as we appear to love hitting “share” on our social media streams.
One particular form of this exchange of information that gets my blood boiling is that of internet memes. I do not mean to attack all memes; some are quite funny, and some raise interesting questions. The type of memes I will address in this post are the ones people use as complete arguments, without comment attached, or questions raised. They are a particularly vile pollution of the information stream; frequently founded on top of false quotes and logical fallacies.