I’m sorry to be Twitter exclusive, but I have to give a few shoutouts. A number of pages on the web are easily labelled as safe-spaces and positivity beacons for the entire planet, using universal themes, catchy language and an uncannily prompt reading of the room that makes you think whether or not they were saving your laugh to the end of the day — and they probably were. I can’t fail to mention The Dodo, We Rate Dogs and also Doris Comics, each dealing with stuff like affection craving and need for attention in their own ways, by actively fighting depressive thoughts and negative emotions overall. In the midst of these, notably, Wholesome Memes is a mirror or teenage and young adult culture.
There’s nothing gossipy about their memes, but it will inevitably make you smirk, chuckle or laugh out loud. And it seems that gossip is a trend, so points for them. Their work is a mind-blowing catalogue, and it could be argued that Facebook had a role in making memes and videos turned memes for the later generation a thing of morals: they wanted people to feel good. But these are not dumb puns and poorly selected, sloppy-edited versions of wholesale media content: they’re extremely good at what they do, and you might catch the measurement of temperature on the web by looking at their latest posts, especially the tweets. In the midst of war, corruption, recession, cost of living, employment and health management fears, they bring out the good in us and make us all share joy by the relying on the simplest things that make us all connect, and remember not only that we can, but that we should. Pages such as Wholesome Memes make the internet a better place, and might be contributing more to media literacy than well-established, big-thinking educational project across cultures and institutions.
Lots of love. Go follow them.