Birth of an Internet Meme: Glenn Beck Gets Some Just Desserts

This is a fantastic example of how the Internet can take a meme viral, within a matter of a few hours.

Seems someone got tired of the tactics of the right, and especially Glenn Beck, and their tactics such as ‘why won’t pres. Obama show us his long form birth certificate? Because we know he was not really born in America’, and have turned those tactics to some of the most brutal and effective satire I have seen in a long time. It is so effective that Glenn Beck has his lawyers furiously trying to stick their finger in the dyke, but as they are discovering, on the Innertubes that is not an easy thing to do, especially when satire is protected speech (at least still is for the time being). Even if they manage to bring down the primary website that started this, more will spring up immediately.

In case you have not been following the background, a few weeks ago Beck decided he would announce on his show that Pres. Obama was really a racist who hated America. The group ColorOfChange launched a campaign targeting Beck’s advertisers. As of a week ago, 57 advertisers had publically responded by pulling their advertising from Glenn Beck’s show on Faux Noise Nutwork: Eleven more companies ditch Glenn Beck.

Here is the primary web site that some guy put up that has become the center of a whirlpool of activity on the Internet.

The many links down the left sidebar should be checked out, to see how people are participating in this on forums, with comments supporting the meme, and by using their photoshop skills.

Beck may wish he could put this genie back in the bottle, but at this point, the only way to do so would be to shut down the Internet.

This is an illustration of two things: Satire can be a powerful political weapon; this is why the right hates the freedom of expression on the Internet, and would do anything in their power to squelch it. Our so-called political leaders are learning that the old days when they could simply lie and pretend they did not say something the day before are over, because someone will dig out the video and publish it on the Internet within a matter of hours, proving they are lying through their teeth.


Author: Ron