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Social media used to be a beautiful place. When I first signed up for my Facebook account in 2010, it was a website full of fun, family, and local event announcements. Lately, the idea of social media being something “fun” is as ancient as your long-forgotten Myspace profile, and it almost feels as though updating your Facebook status is a chore rather than an enjoyable activity. It’s near impossible to login to your account without reading some kind of rant about backstabbing “friends” or politics (guilty). Unless of course, you’re friends with no one other than the Pope, and that’s still questionable.
So, where did social media go wrong? Obviously, it flipped about the same time the rest of society did. It honestly wasn’t too surprising. I, however, feel that satire had a large part to play in the demolition of traditional social media fun. Ironically written posts, otherwise known as copypasta, has been circulating social media since it was first created. Back in the good ole days it would sound something like “Send this to 15 friends or this monster will appear under your bed tonight!”. Sure, it was pretty creepy for our 10-year-old selves, but it’s nothing compared to the annoyance of the copypasta you’ll find today. “You have TATTOOS? How can you call yourself a human being!?!?!? You’re a disgusting piece of trash. You should die and go to hell. Do you think you could ever be a good parent? HA! Stop fooling yourself. You’re a whore.” Sound extreme? Yeah, that would be because it is. It’s not uncommon to see something like this on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even Pinterest, nowadays. They’re also known by some as “bait posts”, basically meaning that they are created simply to see who they will anger. Why would someone want to intentionally anger their followers? I thought I had a dark sense of humor, but even I don’t understand the humor behind this mess.
How did Copypasta ruin social media, when it’s (supposedly) all in good fun?
It’s difficult to look at.
Seriously. I don’t want to attempt to read a paragraph that’s spaced out over 15,000 pages, simply because someone decided they wanted to talk in a combination of words and emojis. Trust me, I love emojis just as much as the next person. I add hearts and peace signs to literally everything, and I can’t write a decent bio without that cute little stack of books and Hawaiian flower, but I don’t cram my posts full of them…that just hurts the eyes and boggles the brain! There’s no need for more than 30 emojis in a post with only 4-5 sentences. Pull yourselves together, people.
I get it…you think it’s funny to watch someone get upset over something that seems silly to you. It’s like watching the stupid person try to jump off a trampoline and into a pool end up busting his butt on the edge of the pool. You try not to laugh, but it’s nearly impossible, because you’re not the person in the situation feeling the pain. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t hurt anyone. Contrary to what our current society believes, words do hurt, and when someone with tattoos, or piercings, or wildly colored hair lashes out against the person who posts this trash and calls them intolerant, that’s not a basis for laughing. That’s an individual that isn’t sure whether you’re serious or not, and is defending themselves and their peers that may be affected by your attacks.
It’s basically plagiarism.
Someone originally wrote these posts. Copypasta entails copying and pasting the content, not sharing it. No credit is given to the person that created it. Now, if the content is nasty, maybe that’s a good thing. However, there is some copypasta that is pretty decent, asking for rates and such, and the creators are getting no credit for their work. I actually came across a cute post that everyone was copying, and the person who originally posted it was fighting to get credit for their work. Nowhere did it say “copy and paste”, because that’s not what it was meant for. That is plagiarism, regardless of how you look at it.
The first time you see a copypasta post, you might think it’s clever, funny, disgusting, angering, or anything in between. It’ll likely draw some type of reaction from you. However, the 15th, 16th, or 17th time you see the post, you’ll be tired of it, it will draw no reaction from you, and you’ll either scroll past it or report it as spam (guilty, again). This not only is boring for the reader, but nonproductive for the poster, and bad for the social media site, because it causes the audience to lose interest in their feed. You’re just hurting everyone involved when you post this type of content, if you can consider it legitimate content.