Media Manipulation

Coordinated Messaging Has Us in a Dr. Seuss Meme War at a Very Convenient Time

Here’s what happened and what you might be missing.

E. Rosalie
Mar 4 · 8 min read

Let’s look at:

  • What happened
  • How, when, and who misrepresented what happened
  • Why the two instances in the meme aren’t similar

What Happened

On March 2 droves began buzzing on social media objecting to the “cancelation” or “banning” of books by Theodor Geisel, better known as the author Dr. Seuss. In some accounts, it was actual censorship — a state-sponsored cancellation ordered by none other than United States President Joe Biden.

Is that what happened? No.

Media Manipulation
Miller was appointed on November 9. 2020. | National Memo

Shiny Things Over Here

1) Divert attention by pivoting to something that will occupy the public. If the diversion provokes a strong emotion, that is best. Several recent studies empirically show that we have elected officials who use this tactic.

RAND | Firehose of Falsehoods

Let’s look for distortions, deflection, and dishonesty

Back to the Misleading Meme

Let’s pretend Biden did “cancel” Dr. Seuss, which we’ve established he didn’t. The song is inappropriate, but it also isn’t for children. I’m guessing it’s the song of the year because of groups other than young children.

Illustration displaying Geisel’s racist views.

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E. Rosalie

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Public health biologist studying at Johns Hopkins | Science writer & artist | Views reflect me alone | Subscribe @ Novel-Science.com

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