Ideas spread through social media like germs. That’s probably why we call these things “viral.”
Big whoop. Social media is viral. Who would have thunk?
But anger spreads like a germ as well. Anger is usually based on an idea, after all. A very virulent strain, as the video explains.
This makes a lot of sense when you’ve been in forums or Facebook groups for a while. When life gets boring in those groups, there are some go-to topics that seem to reliably stir things up.
Feminism, for instance.
Get some Inter-nauts talking about feminism just a little bit, and you’ll see the whole human race torn asunder. It’s as though men and women suddenly became totally different organisms. Strawmen (and straw-women) get deployed and ripped to shreds.
These are usually mischaracterizations — usually. It’s the offspring of anger that spreads like an out-of-control infection.
This video shows how it can happen. And why it keeps happening.