what if obama does the ice bucket challenge and nominates queen elizabeth
what if obama actually talks about what’s going on in ferguson
what if obama stopped exterminating the middle eastern population with drones
The post is a great example of the classic Tumblr propagation process:
1) Well-intended, usually relevant humor.
2) Direction of the post changed to address serious current events or social concerns. When well-considered, this is the best part of Tumblr.
3) Escalation by unfounded sensationalist type blogs into hyperbolic fear-mongering or intentionally inflammatory statements. Because of the nature of this rhetoric and it’s influence on young adults, this is often the stage at which a post becomes viral.
Tumblr (and by proxy, the Internet as a whole) can be a mind-numbingly powerful and beautiful tool to spread awareness and information organically, but can be easily abused and misdirected. We would all do well to take a moment to think about what we post and what the social implications behind the content are before doing so.
Stay wise, Tumblr.