Internet Danger: To Meme or Not to Meme

While in the 11th grade, Maya Walker began suffering from serious mental health issues. Ongoing feelings of loneliness, and discouragement, even lead to thoughts of suicide. Maya’s friends never took notice of her struggles after gradual conversations with them. Maya later found the root of the lack of notice. Which was an acclimation to suicidal tendencies, that are of core values in today’s memes. Throughout Maya’s battle, depression and suicide meme’s were a form of comfort that she could not find in her friends or anything else. This comfort grew to be soothing, but generated some unhealthy mind patterns. Maya realized that if a certain meme or joke about suicide was brought up, it was followed by relatable laughs. Or a joking response of “same”. Instead of having compassion and concern towards someone for their struggles, jokes were often the alternative. Maya painfully explains how she observed a growing nonchalance towards depression. The way that teenagers today are handling depression is making it hard to distinguish jokes from cries for help. 

    Maya’s biggest tactics of argument were given through the concepts of “ethos, pathos, logos, and kairos.” In other words, authority, emotion, logic, and urgency. The authority that Maya was able to display was a key strength to her story. The biggest aspect of authority given, was her own personal vulnerability. Sharing her own story, battles, and observations really gives her immense authorization over the matter. This gives Maya a sense of control over the reader. The reader essentially takes a step back, and absorbs all of the informative and emotional details that the writer has to offer. Maya also enhances her authority by giving different types of examples and sources. Maya used different health statistics from the “U.S. Department of Health and Human Services”, as well as different examples of memes from Twitter that relate to mental health victims. 

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