The Internet Is A Cult Of Eccentricity Essay

2089 Words Nov 14th, 2016 9 Pages
The internet has become a cult that worships eccentricity. Take, for example, the killing of Harambe, a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. After a three-year-old boy got inside the gorilla’s enclosure, zoo officials decided to kill Harambe, fearing for the boy’s life. The controversial decision and odd news story has become the internet’s latest obsession. Through memes like chanting “Dicks out for Harambe,” saying “Harambe died for our sins,” and putting Harambe as a write-in candidate in the US election, the internet’s collective obsession has effectively given the gorilla a new life. Furthermore, any unfortunate person that decides to post an anti-Harambe opinion online becomes the focus of attack by the cult of eccentricity. Many internet users blamed Harambe’s death on the boy’s mother for not watching her child closely, making her subject to nonstop online harassment. The Thomas theorem may need an adjustment for 2016: “If the internet defines situations as real, they are real in their consequences.”
So, what drives this obsessive nature? People project idealized versions of themselves online, creating personas that can exaggerate their niche interests in an effort to portray strong individualism. In real life, defining yourself through unique and quirky interests makes others perceive you as interesting and someone with which they would like to associate. The internet makes spreading these idealized projections of self mindlessly easy by using social media and mega-forum…

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