Yaakov Kirschen MEMES and the viral spread of Ideas

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  • It’s a virus.
  • It is normal to wonder about the existence of an “After-Life”. It is also normal to “learn from experience” drawing conclusions.
  • A person’s reaction to your message is the result of both rational thinking and the beliefs (or memes) that live in their brains. Like bacteria in the human body they can be beneficial or harmful. The concept of life after death is an example of a meme that has lived in the brains of human beings because the meme was communicated and spread from one mind to another.
  • Just as viruses spread, beliefs, ideas, and notions can also spread, Successful beliefs are replicated as they proliferate through a population, in effect spreading copies of themselves from one brain to millions of other brains. Replicating beliefs that spread throughout a human population have been called “brain viruses” or “memes’. Meme is derived from Greek meaning “to imitate or mime”.
  • Democracy is a belief system built of a set of memes Memeplex!! Cigarettes ghosts
  • our minds get hit with memes and clusters of associated memes Belief systems
  • It’s a virus.
  • YIISA …this should be easy
  • I could easily do a paper on antisemitism in cartoons.
  • For more than forty years “ For more than forty years I have been putting ideas into people’s heads. It’s what I do. I’m a political cartoonist. showing “the truth”, others as “expressing our opinion” but the fact is that what we do is to attempt to put our own ideas into other people’s heads … and we use cartoons to do it .
  • A Herblock cartoon about Nixon The power of an image to defy censorship by defense mechanisms. people close their eyes at really gruesome scenes in films. Intense Focus on Israel favorite topics for editorial cartoonists. Inevitably, when a portion of the cartoonist’s readership cries “Antisemitism”, the cartoonist attacks his critics as “right-wing defenders of Israel” … and defends his work as a valid political statement.
  • The rich and extensive use of Antisemitic cartoons by the Nazis as part of their strategies in the prelude to the Holocaust gives today’s debate an added importance and, perhaps, urgency. It is in light of the extensive use of Antisemitic cartoons by the Nazis that I undertook, Click both as a fellow of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism and as a political cartoonist dedicated to freedom of expression, to address the contemporary controversy and to examine the question of how to distinguish between valid political commentary and Antisemitism in contemporary political cartoons.
  • The plan was to first gather every antisemitic looking cartoon we could get our hands on. A depressingly easy task on the Internet. We soon had more than 500 typically offensive samples. The next job was to categorize them.
  • 1890 cartoon Jews as spiders Not really human beings, but disgusting creatures
  • 1900 Blood Suckers They do disgusting, evil things.
  • the Dehumanizing Family of codes is made of two strains. One is Demonizing (What Jews Do) and the other Zoomorphic (What Jews are) The dehumanizing family is made up of Demonizing and Zoomorphic codes.
  • Here’s another Demonizing Code The Baby Eaters code And another Zoomorphic code
  • Here are the 17 message codes I’ve isolated in the Dehumanizing Family Dehumanizing codes answer the question of “Who are the Jews?” in such a way as to deprive Jews of the empathy normally felt for human beings. Dehumanizing codes depict Jews as being demonic vampires and vermin. Let’s take a look at one of the codes you’re probably not familiar with. The Devouring Mouth code
  • The devouring mouth code
  • Dehumanizing codes answer the question of “Who are the Jews?” The second family, stereotyping , portrays Jews as rich, ugly, Hook-nosed, money-grubbing, powerful, and secretly controllers of the Banks, the Media, and the World. These memes resonate with existing Antisemitism in the minds of potential host populations. Combined, the two families teach that Jews are rich, demonic, powerful and enemies of the social order.
  • The Jews and their international sub human conspiracy threatens humanity. All nations are victims of this all powerful creature!
  • It’s a virus.
  • We all know what biological viruses are
  • A computer virus is a software program. The word “virus” is derived from ‘viral’ because of a virus’s shared characteristic with all other viral entities; the ability to replicate or reproduce itself. “Computer viruses” spread copies of themselves from one computer to millions of other computers.
  • It blinds the host to the other actions of the virus spreading entity. Gays, women, christians against their own regionalinterests.
  • The codes are used to divert the media, click!. and infect governments with fear of click!. and anger at Jews.
  • To mesmerize the public
  • With horrifying images of the actions of the Jews
  • To blind the world to reality
  • To freeze all attention on the powerful Jew-Monster that will victimize them.
  • It’s a virus.
  • The Holocaust forced the codes to evolve “ Holocaust-Resistant” strain
  • Moral Inversion codes The new codes carry memes including “The Jews are acting like Nazis”, “The Jews perpetrated a Holocaust”, “The Jews operate an Auschwitz-type death camp”, “The piles of skeletal victims are not Jewish but rather the victims of Jews”, and “The Jews are Nazis”. These new and infectious “Holocaust-Resistant” codes are here after collectively referred to as “Moral Inversion” codes. politically correct, Moral Inversion codes are easily swallowed, readily believed, and increasingly part of accepted wisdom
  • The Jews are the Nazis The Jews are guilty of Nazi Atrocities. Jews set up Concentration Camps Jews kill Babies in their Mothers’ Arms
  • In a search of more than 500 cartoons we discovered the presence of distinct codes, each carrying a viral and antisemitic libel. And every one into one of 3 distinct code families.
  • The Moral Inversion codes are new, fresh, and rapidly spreading their memes. Moral Inversion has taken its place along side the two earlier Pre-Holocaust families of codes. The Holocaust-resistant codes do not deny the Nazi Death Camps or the Holocaust. They simply repackage the horror by “inverting” it. Jews are presented as the perpetrators rather than the victims .
  • It’s a virus.
  • the term antisemitism was coined in the late 19th century in Germany as a more scientific-sounding term for Judenhass ("Jew-hatred") and that has been its normal use since then
  • The virus today
  • I propose To protect itself western civilization needs to see the problem is one of Disease control
  • And the procedures for disease control Are the same for Contagious Human viruses Destructive Computer viruses And Dangerous Cultural viruses Louis Pasteur These are the tasks that face our civilization If it is to prevent this viral attack on its freedoms.
  • But the ascendancy of the Moral Inversion codes has not erased the pre holocaust codes. Let’s take a look at how codes survive through time, language, culture Scavenger carrion-eating birds Nazi Soviet contemporary
  • This meat-eating bird code has not survived in contemporary American cartoons but… Turkish Iranian South Africa China Indonesia Iran
  • This is the money-loving Jews code Nazi Soviet Contemporary from the PA They all user the money sack icon
  • American cartoonists can be more creative about the money-loving-Jew code This is the work of Dick Locher Chicago Tribune, May 30, 2003 The NOSE!!
  • Baby Eating Jews Medieval Nazi PA
  • And the cartoon voted Britain’s best cartoon of the year 2003
  • Killing children in their mothers’ arms
  • classic antisemitism by one of South Korea’s leading authors, Professor Lee Won-bok. from his series designed to teach youngsters about other countries in a comic book format. The series, "Distant Countries and Neighboring Countries" in English translation, has sold more than 10 million copies. translation: To sum it up, American public debate belongs to the Jews and it's no exaggeration to say that it (US media) is the voice of the Jews.
  • Here are the approximately 30 codes Arranged by the three families This provides criteria for analyzing cartoons
  • two incidents involving cartoons.
  • Oliphant The world’s most widely syndicated cartoonist Nazi Devouring mouth Hitler salute Baby in mother’s arms death star
  • This is a poster which is photo of someone holding up a cartoon.
  • Cologne says it’s okay Israel Embassy objects
  • Cologne 2. The glass of blood is the “Blood Drinkers” libel code which is a Dehumanizing code establishing Jews as vampires. 3. The dead baby on the plate is the “Infanticide” code. It is a Stereotyping code. 4. The child is about to be eaten. The cannibalistic “Baby Eaters” code which is a Dehumanizing family code. 5. The American Flag fork in the hand of “the Jew” is a code transmitting Jewish “World Domination”. A Stereotyping family code. Click! The star and the flag
  • 1. The “star on the bib and the Israeli flag,
  • There is a hidden war against rational thinking. . . It is being spread by Secret Image Codes
  • The codes are used to divert the media, click!. and infect governments with fear of click!. and anger at Jews.
  • The antisemitism is a sign of the infection
  • Thank you
  • Yaakov Kirschen MEMES and the viral spread of Ideas

    1. 1. Part 1 Talking to Human Beings
    2. 2. Memes Independent Rational Thinking
    3. 3. Memes
    4. 4. Memes
    5. 5. Memes BELIEVE ME BELIEVE ME BELIEVE ME BELIEVE ME BELIEVE ME
    6. 6. Part 2 YIISA Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism
    7. 7.  In May 2009, Dry Bones Cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen was made a Visiting Fellow (Artist in Residence) at YIISA.  He was asked to study the relationship between antisemitism and political cartoons.
    8. 8. Putting Ideas in People’s Heads
    9. 9. Metaphoric Image
    10. 10. YIISA
    11. 11. 2.Put into Categories 1.Collect Cartoons
    12. 12. 1890 1941 NAZI Soviet Egypt 2006 Palestinian Authority
    13. 13. 1900 Woodcarving Jordan 2001India 2006 Palestine 2008 Qatar 2002
    14. 14. Demonizing Zoomorphic Dehumanizing Family
    15. 15. Demonizing Zoomorphic Dehumanizing Family
    16. 16. Demonizing Zoomorphic Dehumanizing Family Baby Eaters Blood Drinkers Clawed Beings Demons Devouring Mouth Horns Reaper Dog Mushroom Octopus Pig Reptile Snake Spider Vermin Vulture Worm
    17. 17. Demonizing Devouring Mouth Dehumanizing Family
    18. 18. Dehumanizing Codes Jews are demonic, baby-killing, satanic, blood drinking, vermin Stereotyping Codes Jews are rich, ugly, money-grubbing, powerful, and they secretly control the Banks, the Media, and the World
    19. 19. Virus! A belief system which is contagious and destructive to the functioning of the host society. Part 3
    20. 20. Biological Viruses Infect people
    21. 21. Computer Viruses Infect our Digital Systems
    22. 22. Resistance and Adaptation! The host population is suddenly immune to the virus. Part 4
    23. 23. Moral Inversion Codes
    24. 24. Moral Inversion Codes Jews are Nazis
    25. 25. 3 Code Families 1. Dehumanizing Codes 2. Stereotyping Codes 3. Moral Inversion Codes
    26. 26. Evolution of the Virus Part 5
    27. 27. Memetics Dehumanizing Stereotyping The Virus in the 19th century
    28. 28. Memetics Dehumanizing Stereotyping Moral Inversion The Virus today
    29. 29. Disease Control
    30. 30. 1. Collect samples of its various strains. 2. Examine its methods of contagion. 3. Warn the public. Viral Antisemitism
    31. 31. Code Continuity NAZI Soviet Contemporary
    32. 32. Code Continuity Contemporary Turkey Iran South Africa China Indonesia Iran
    33. 33. Money Nazi Soviet Palestinian Authority
    34. 34. Money Chicago Tribune, May 30, 2003
    35. 35. Medieval Nazi Palestinian Authority Baby Eating
    36. 36. Baby Eating Best Cartoon of the Year (2003) The British Political Cartoon Society.
    37. 37. Killing Children in their Mothers’ Arms Iran Brazil Turkey Mexico Arab
    38. 38. Media Control South Korea
    39. 39. Two Incidents
    40. 40. Pat Oliphant
    41. 41. Incident at Cologne
    42. 42. Incident at Cologne
    43. 43. Incident at Cologne
    44. 44. The Secret Codes Hidden War Part 6
    45. 45. www.SecretCodesHiddenWar.com DryBones.com

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