This Video Will Make You Angry

This Video Will Make You Angry

Hello Internet. Thoughts compete for space in your brain:
cat photos, news stories, beliefs structures, funny GIFs, educational videos, not-so-educational
videos and your thinking inventory is limited. A thought without a brain to think it, dies. Now we can treat thoughts as though they’re
alive. Specifically alive like germs. That might sound weird but stick with me. Take jokes. Jokes are thought germs that live
in your brain — and when you tell the joke to another brain, you help it reproduce. Just like when you have the flu and sneeze
to help it reproduce. This germ gets into its host by snot through the mouth and this
one by words through the ear but it’s reproduction either way. Logging on to your social media then, is exposing
yourself to everyone’s mental sneezes. Each post a glob of snot with an thought germ trying
to get in your brain — if not for permanent residence then at least long enough to get
you to press the share button and sneeze it with everyone you know. In this analogy then, a funny cat photo with
a perfect caption is a super-flu. Now just as germs exploit weak points in your
immune system, so do thought germs exploit weak points in your brain. A.K.A. emotions. Once inside, thought germs that press emotional
buttons get their hosts to spread them more — measurably more. Well, except sadness,
sad thought germs don’t get very far. Awe is pretty good which is why websites that
construct thought germs like biological weapons arm them with them titles like “7 whatevers
that will blow your mind” or “The Shocking Secret behind… this thing” But anger is the ultimate edge for a thought
germ. Anger, bypasses your mental immune system, and compels you to share it. Being aware of your brain’s weak spots is
necessary for good mental hygiene — like knowing how to wash your hands. Because even
without intentional construction, any thought germ on the Internet can, on its own, grow
more infections as it spreads. To talk about why, lets forget anger for a moment and go
back to that cat photo. Every photo ever taken is a thought germ,
and most die a quick death like the bazillion cat photos (or baby photos) posted on The
Internet that are never shared. But a mildly funny cat photo can grow into so much more,
because just as transatlantic flights were the best thing to happen to germ germs, so
the Internet is the best thing to happen to thought germs. For once on-board, that cat photo is a thought
germ that can leap into other brains. And those brains might share it, and here’s the
key point, occasionally, change it — a Photoshop here, a tweaked caption there. Most changes are terrible, but some make the
thought germ even funnier, getting brains to share it more. Which results in more changes
and a shot at super-stardom. A thus a lowly cat photo can achieve global brain domination.
At least for a few hours. The Internet, with its unparalleled ability
to share and randomly change thought germs can’t help but help make them stronger. With jokes, that’s awesome — but with angry
germs not always so awesome. No. Angry germs, the more they’re shared undergo
the same process, changing and distorting to be more aggravating. These have a better
chance of spreading than their more accurate but more boring rivals. But like plagues, thought germs can burn though
a population too quickly. Just watch your favorite meme generating machine for a week
and you’ll see the life-cycle fly by. However some thought germs have found a way
around burnout. Now, I must warn you, depending on which thought germs live in your head and
which you fight for, the next section might sound *horrifying*. So please keep in mind,
we’re going to talk about what makes some thought germs, particularly angry ones, successful
and not how good or bad they are. OK? Deep breath: calm. Though germs can burn out because once everyone
agrees, it’s hard to keep talking and thus thinking about them. But if there’s an opposing thought germ, an
argument, then the thinking never stops. Disagrement doesn’t have to be angry, but again, angry
helps. The more visible an argument gets the more bystanders it draws in which makes it
more visible is why every group from the most innocuous internet forum to The National Conversation
can turn into a double rage storm across the sky in no time. Wait, these though germs aren’t competing,
they’re co-operating. Working together they reach more brains and hold their thoughts
longer than they could alone. Thought germs on opposite sides of an argument can be symbiotic. One tool symbiotic anger germs in particular
can employ is your-with-us-or-against-us. Whatever thought germ just leaped to the front
of your brain, push it back. This video isn’t about that. We’re just talking about the tool,
and this one makes it hard, for neutral brains to resist and its diviciveness also grows
its symbiotic partner. This explains why, in some arguments gaining
more allies also gains more enemies. Because though the participants think they’re involved
in a firey battle to the death from the anger germs perspective one side is a field of flowers
and the other a flock of butterflies. *Of course* planting more flowers will get you
more butterflies and getting more butterflies will pollinate more flowers. If there is some argument that splits the
population and lasts forever that even the most neutral people find difficult to avoid,
you just might be looking at a super successful pair of symbiotic anger germs that have reached
ecological stability Now, one final depressing though. Uhhhh…
I mean one more Awe inspiring point, that will reveal the secrets of, ahhh — actually
no it’s just depressing. When opposing groups get big they don’t really
argue with each other, they *mostly* argue with themselves about how angry the *other*
group makes them. We can actually graph fights on the Internet to see this in action. Each
becomes its own quasi isolated internet, sharing thoughts about the other. You see where this is going, right? Each group becomes a breeding ground for thought
germs *about* the other — and as before the most enraging — but not necessarily the most
accurate — spread fastest. A group almost can’t help but construct a totem of the other
so enraging they talk about it all the time — which, now that you know how though germs
grow, is exactly what make the totem always perfectly maddening. Now, all this isn’t to say that there’s no
point in arguing. (That’s a different video). Or that the Internet isn’t amazing, or that
there aren’t things worth trying to change peoples’ minds about. And thought germs of
all kinds come and go. But it’s useful to be aware of how thought
can use our emotions to spread and how the more rapidly a thought is able to spread the
more chances it has to become *even better* at spreading through random changes made to
it. Sometimes that’s great, sometimes it’s terrible. But if you want to maintain a healthy brain
it pays to be cautious of thoughts that have passed through a lot of other brains and that
poke you where you are weakest. It’s your brain — be hygienic with it. So, of course this video is a thought germ,
one constructed very intentionally over time to spread a thought germ about thought germs
— exposing their secrets — one could say. But I tried as hard as possible, not to have,
this video attack your brain through emotions, so it could use a little help spreading. Please
be a good germ vector and click the share buttons to sneeze this at your friends. Your
coworkers. Your family. Infect them all. You shared the video, right? Well if you’re
still here, you really got infected hard. Only thing left is to click onscreen and sign
up to the email list which will get you exposed to many more thought germs in stick figure
video form.

Danny Hutson

100 thoughts on “This Video Will Make You Angry

  1. Wow. This is very eye opening.
    For example: If anyone says ABORTION, the comment sections blow up! The country is spirit 50/50 on it, and enrages people

  2. It’s better not pushing this back: honestly, the best way when someone is saying some crappy thing on a social media like that vaccines are bad or that the Earth is flat, the best to do is ignore, yet report, the messages. But not answer them.

    Because you then give them more visibility. And, I’m slightly getting off-topic here, but anyway, an argument between you and the conspirationist will give them visibility as people will tend to read THEIR easily understandable 2-line messages, and will never even pay attention to any of your boring 3-page replies.

  3. Practice memetic engineering. If a post improves your quality of life, take a moment to propagate it by sharing or retweeting or whatever your platform calls it.

  4. Which Canadian narrates this and, JRM distraction aside if he has one of those very common given and family names, what got him the gig (public speakers all have a real vocation/education). Name him and his background!

  5. Logging onto social media is just exposing yourself to everyone’s metal sneezes. This is the perfect statement

  6. I have tried tweeter, but the traffic is just too slow to have any fun, no matter how much anger I put into my words for the exploding Tesla cars and crashed 737 planes. So far, the only social media I can get fun out of it is YouTube.

  7. In a word, it is persuasive. You have two choices. Persuaded or persuaded. (blah blah…)

    If you think you will agree with it or not, the second case is because you have heard the information that was in disagreement earlier, or if you think about the opposite first.
    Sometimes there is a class that doesn't say anything that disagrees with that opinion. It is said to have been erased by personal feelings, mostly because it is defined as pride.
    and in situations where you have to talk to with feed pack and facts, this defense of pride can only be seen as a bad image to others.
    It's only because it's a single thought that makes it hard for others to relate.
    Perhaps you're tired of boredom while reading here, so you might find it more fun to watch a video again than to look around. This is your brain's judgment that you've learned first.

    So, it is recommended to go back to the origin and watch the above video once more.
    Thank you for reading this article to the end, or for reading this 'line'. Good luck 🙂

  8. These thought-germs were already active during the 17th century, in the Dutch republic the population was extremely divided between those loyal to the (somewhat) democratic government (staatsgezind) and those loyal to the prince of Orange (prinsgezind) which even ended in a civil war and the brutal murder and dismemberment of the prime minister and his brother

    Edit:the thing in the front of my head is Shrek memes and more memes and getting ppl angry by messing with them…

  10. This video explains how the voiceover debate in the Simpsons (between European Spanish and latin americans) never ends within the years.

  11. This is the reason that Splatfests are the quintessential way to have a debate. It spreads Thought Germs like wildfire then turns both sides into a fun competition instead of a hate-fueled Twitter thread.

  12. Cgpgrey:Using the "your with us or your against us method", now whatever thought germ came to your head just now push it away.
    me; BUt the liberals constantly branding me a "hegemonist imperialist patriarchy wanter" is so annoying, I just don't agree with all of their stuff.

  13. "Sad thoughts don't get very far"
    -they get in depressed people.
    Does that mean depression is basically a mental immune deficiency?

  14. I knew this before watching the video, but having it spelled out like this was very satisfying to watch. I’ve thought this same thought every time I give up Twitter forever.

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