Caution about Memes

Whether you are Republican, Democrat, Independent, Green, Constitutionalist, Socialist, or <insert name of your political party here>, please be very careful about posting “memes” on social media like Twitter and Facebook. Memes are like bumper stickers. They are often catchy and cute. They probably make you feel good. But they oversimplify complicated issues, contribute to the toxic divisions between Americans, and are usually false if taken literally / at false value.

If you do decide to criticize a meme that someone has posted, please remember to try to be respectful to the person who posted. If you want to change the minds of other people, being rude usually doesn’t work very well.

I’m not perfect and sometimes violate the advice I just gave, so posting that was as much a reminder to myself as it was unsolicited advice to others.