The Other Half of the Whimsical ‘Internet’ Culture


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Sultanul Arefeen


Make fun of others, or be the joke yourself. Choosing the latter one covers you from the potential threat of getting trolled, but is it absolutely necessary to brace the former one?

One might find that internet buffoonery is one of the most intriguing and addictive things when being a part of meme culture. Starting from political statements to personal fails, people are getting massively ridiculed by groups. While jumping on the bandwagon, one should be aware of the dire ways they affect the subject of the jokes.

Social media tools, for instance ‘haha’ react buttons on Facebook, serve the purpose of expressing one’s opinions regarding an ongoing/past issue but are also found using certain propagandas to influence the opinions of a certain community.

The escalating numbers of individuals using social media apps unfairly suggest that they are actively participating in meme groups while conversing with each other on multiple social media platforms. And so the consequences are skyrocketing along with the multiplications of its users.

Other than cyberbullying, sextortion, internet predation, revenge porn, and other forms of internet malpractices, the wacky side of the internet has a completely different side. 

While there are many who prefer using the internet for professional dealings — the majority, especially the teenage groups in Bangladesh, concentrate on repeatedly staying in the limelight. Evident usage of mockery towards individuals as ‘publicity stunts’ has surely fetched them greater audiences in the process, but at what cost?

The viability of internet memes depends on the circumstances and hilarity of the subject itself. These unsafe approaches made by the memers (content creators) are having both emotional and societal drawbacks on countless numbers of victims. Data from statistics show that a significant number of individuals are victims to these alarming issues regularly, and tend to be emotionally unstable and in many cases, suicidal. Therefore, it can be said that the other side of the wacky internet culture is humiliation.

The diversion created by the havoc creates a way for the offenders to get acquitted of their crimes without trials. Identifying these gaps have lately proven to be more than just ‘essential’. Acknowledging the process to counter such abuse remains substantial, as ever.

For instance, one should immediately approach someone of higher authority, whenever, wherever, they are faced with such punishable acts. Making someone aware of the elephant in the room is highly encouraged for anybody. 

The chance to produce entertaining contents out of somebody else’s setbacks should be discouraged and to bring about original contents should be an integral part of the moral principles of every content creator.

Be it a hilarious Twitter handle or an unpopular post on Facebook, violation of privacy must strictly be taken into account before taunting someone of their tragedies.

 


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