So you saw the cartoon characters on Facebook over the weekend and jumped right on the trend, changing your picture to Smurfette, the Care Bears, Gargamel or Tinker Bell and smiling as you noted what your friends had chosen (Monchichi is the most obscure I’ve noted yet). Then yesterday came news that the whole thing may have been a hoax predicated by child predators and not backed by the NSPCC , and you start feeling like a total idiot for switching your profile pic. The nice thing is, many of your friends did it with you. The question now is just how gullible are we?
Even if it turns out this was not a hoax, and really was to support awareness of violence against kids, it just goes to show how very easy it is to turn an idea into an internet-wide meme, which takes off from nothing and suddenly becomes the hottest thing out there – remember the “25 Random Things” Facebook trend a few years ago that we all did even though we smirked at first?
I’m amazed at how easily we as an internet society (and I include myself in this – my profile pic is Captain Caveman) jump on things. Kind of makes you want to start something REALLY outrageous and see if people will go along. Turn your profile pic into the child’s TV show you hate most to raise awareness of how annoying “Hannah Montana” is, anyone?
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