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As Turkey is Seized With Fear, Social Media Is Alight With Jokes, Dumb Comments

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?

Why are people who have no business commenting on foreign affairs making this about themselves?

What is the point of making basic, surface-level jokes while the fate of millions is unknown?

Social media has its purposes. The transfer of instantaneous news is one. Levity in moments of despair is another.

These glib takes on a serious issue serve neither of those purposes.

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