Memes & Trending stories seem to be dominating Facebook’s headlines, and as such, the site is becoming steadily less relevant to just about everyone.
The terms ‘fake news’ and ‘fake news’ memes became increasingly popular during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, and that trend has been carried over to the UK, the Middle East, and beyond.
The ‘#fakenews’ meme, which has been growing in popularity in the UK, was first used by British comedian Mark Thomas in his routine ‘Words Of The Year’ for 2017.
That was followed by Stephen King’s eerie story about two young girls escaping an asylum, set against the backdrop of a white America scarred with the wounds of fascism, racism, homophobia, religious zealotry, xenophobia and misogyny.
It’s almost unfathomable, but people in India have also begun using ‘fake news’ memes to defend Trump, or even literally post fake news stories about Hillary Clinton.
As the news feeds become more saturated with these things, and fewer and fewer people have the time to devote to them, things like ‘Memes Of The Year’ or ‘Trending Stories Of The Year’ have been added to the massive list of things that don’t exist anymore.
Sure, they’re entertaining and may even keep you entertained in a very limited fashion, but really, why bother? If you were going to watch any of them, you probably would have been watching them already, wouldn’t you?
Perhaps the only reason ‘Memes Of The Year’ is a trend is because the very same platforms that have contributed to the widespread proliferation of fake news are actually pushing ‘Memes Of The Year’, or more accurately, ‘Trending Stories Of The Year’, in a desperate attempt to make you care about what they have to say.
In that sense, ‘Trending Stories Of The Year’ actually represents a more honest representation of what these platforms are trying to get you to do.