Right now, no one is totally sure what’s happening in Turkey. There is an attempted military coup, as best we can tell, and social media has been blacked out. No matter how this ends up going, it will have a major impact on countless people in the region and around the world. Our own Secretary of State has spoken out on it, so yeah, it’s serious.
Why, then, are people cracking jokes? Are we so used to seeing violence play out across our timelines that we are no longer shocked into silence by anything?
@samsteinhp that’ll probably seem like a dumb tweet that you should have thought twice about if it turns into a blood bath.
— gregory antonucci (@gw_antonucci) July 15, 2016
Why are people who have no business commenting on foreign affairs making this about themselves?
my first Long Island Iced tea was in #Turkey
— Spencer Pratt (@spencerpratt) July 15, 2016
What is the point of making basic, surface-level jokes while the fate of millions is unknown?
— (((Eli Kowaz))) (@elikowaz) July 15, 2016
Social media has its purposes. The transfer of instantaneous news is one. Levity in moments of despair is another.
The people most likely responsible for this coup in Turkey are [googles] the Tryptophans.
— Adam Steinbaugh (@adamsteinbaugh) July 15, 2016
These glib takes on a serious issue serve neither of those purposes.
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