Aries: the bully who’s actually nice when you get to know them
Taurus: the kid who hangs with Cap and Scorpio. Stands in the middle of the social hierarchy. Is liked by everyone but probably hates every one other than their squad.
Gemini: the kid who’s really popular and hilarious but isn’t mean, doesn’t think they’re popular.
Cancer: the kid who tries way too hard to hang with the popular kids.
Leo: friends with Virgo and Aquarius, really smart, geeky, but also extremely outgoing at the same time.
Virgo: quiet and shy in school but out of school is a bad ass.
Libra: Sidekick and best friend of the most popular person in school. Hated by the lower part of the social hierarchy but loved by the upper part.
Scorpio: a bit more popular than their friends (cap, Taurus) shy with the people they don’t know but super funny with the people they know.
Sagittarius: the kid who entertains the whole class by being an ass to the one teacher everyone hates. Class clown. Friends with Aries.
Capricorn: smart but doesn’t want others to know. Sarcastic asshole. Dark humor that Scorpio loves.
Aquarius: Hippie who protests outside the school or is really into video games. Either everyone thinks they’re gorgeous and pay too much attention to them or people don’t notice them at all. Hangs with Leo every once in a while.
Pisces: Either the Queen Bee or a little quiet person who doodles random stuff in their notebook.
I’m as much a fan of the whole “screenshots + textposts” meme as the next person, but I can’t help but feel that doing it with Deadpool is setting the bar a little low. You could literally pair any randomly selected shitpost with any randomly selected panel or screenshot of Deadpool and it would work. Try it and tell me I’m wrong.
A few months back I wrote an essay on how the internet and social media have rekindled the feminist movement for the 21st century, making activism and education more accessible across social barriers. With the ability to quickly spread and share information, the web’s become a crucial tool for mobilizing social change for feminists and progressives alike. Because I wrote the essay as a final paper for my Feminist Theories class, I kept the scope of my analyses primarily on the positive ways in which the internet’s been used for social justice, because God knows I would have gone on for-freaking-ever about all the ways that the internet is also a black hole of absolute garbage. But in spite of the daily barrage of YouTube comment rape threats, 180 character or less racist vignettes, and what Law and Order: Special Victims Unit hastold me is “the dark web,” the infinite abilities of the web are heavily dependent upon the intentions of those who seek to harness its power. When you think about it, it’s actually pretty astounding that Twitter, the same platform that played an integral role in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, has also given us insight into the strange and disturbing thought processes of a sentient bleached anus.
Putting aside the many disgraces and horrors that the internet has been used towards for a future discussion, I want to talk more about the ways in which people have used the internet with good intentions. But I specifically want to emphasize—if not get on my goddamn knees and beg for—that sourcing is not optional when it comes to passing around information. And for that matter, checking the reliability of a source (if there is one at all) before you share it with hundreds of thousands of people on your stupid blog isn’t an option either.
While this has literally always been one of my berserker buttons, I bring it up now because of this thing that found its way onto my dash:
While most (and by most I mean nearly 45,000) people would like and reblog this seemingly incredible news without a second thought, I know enough from being on this god forsaken blue shit-hole since 2009 that I knew it was best to check if this was legit. Sandra Bland’s death has become such a high profile case in the current political atmosphere, and the mass media can no long afford to be complacent in the racist oppression of police brutality. Surely such a huge break in the case would be all over the news.
So…nothing. Alright, red flag, but there’s a chance that this could be a leak of information or news from the ground.
I checked out the twitter from the screencap to see if it could actually verify anything.
Nope. Nada. Nothing.
Protip to all you kids with sticky reblog fingers: If you cannot find any sources to verify your info, it’s fake. Believe it or not, people can lie on the internet. Yeah, I know, SHOCKING.
Allow me to show you by making President Obama’s latest tweet say, “michelle won’t let me vape in the white house :(”.
Whether the tweet about Sandra Bland’s case being ruled a “homicide” is real or an exploitation of Chrome’s features doesn’t matter much when the information itself is false. It’s downright disgusting that anyone would even start such a rumor, but it isn’t news that people use the internet to be assholes. What I and everyone else should be just as troubled by is how quickly and thoughtlessly people were to spread this information. This is a case of police brutality and deadly misogynoir. Sandra Bland is just one among the historic epidemic of violence against black women in America, but her injustice did not and shall not fall into obscurity and silence. Sandra Bland’s story deserves to be treated with nothing but the truth and the utmost discretion, especially when she’s become a rallying cry for #SayHerName and #BlackLivesMatter. You all should know better than this, so is it really that difficult to stop and check that what you’re about to share is reliable?
Nearly 45,000 people liked and/or reblogged this fake ass tweet. People are probably still carelessly sharing it thinking it’s legit, because that’s how fast and easy it is for us to consume information without a critical eye. And really bad things can happen when we’re quick to share information that isn’t verified or reliable.
Case and point: Doxxing.
Doxxing has long since been used as a weapon to harass and intimidate marginalized people on the internet. It’s a veteran method of 4chan to send women rape threats and it’s been used to out trans people. But like every other practice achievable via the internet, doxxing can be used as a force of good to expose anonymous bigots on the internet, and in those cases I think doxxing can be effective. Like yeah, I know Audre Lorde said, “the master’s tools will never dismantle that master’s house,” but sometimes the satisfaction of fighting fire with fire gives a victory all too sweet, as proven by racistsgettingfired. While racistsgettingfired has been effective in its self appointed duty, doxxing isn’t a guarantee of reliable information, and it was this con that some nutjob used to get back at his ex-girlfriend by ‘shopping his own Facebook page as hers with fake racist shit.
And the screengrabs weren’t even that convincing in the first place. You can still see his terrible standard white boy selfies in the pictures section for crying out loud. You’d think there’d be some sort of standards weighing the authenticity of submitted information considering how often people on tumblr try to pass off teachers notes and buses full of trans people with cool shirts gang beating on cis people. So when the screencaps and info supplied by the vengeful ex were posted, it didn’t take long for people to start calling into the employers of the real (and innocent) girlfriend in question demanding she be fired. Even when the blog figured out it had been duped and tried to make corrections, the post itself already had thousands upon thousands of notes. The damage was done.
Share culture doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and the need for discretion and a critical eye towards the source of whatever information you’re about to throw out there is an importance people often forget when clicking a button is so effortless. We have got to be smarter about this because it shouldn’t have to be said in the first place.