Competing Narratives

Two small paper stickers found along the same NYC block this morning:

The captain of chaos sticker on the top gets a big “NO.”

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The sticker on the bottom is from a #WalkAway” campaign, created by “former liberal” Brandon Straka.  According to Wikipedia, “The campaign’s stated goal was to ‘[encourage] others to walk away from the divisive left, but also [take] back the narrative from the liberal media about what it means to be a conservative in America.’ As of November 2018, the video had over 400,000 views on YouTube and 1 million on Facebook.” As of today, the video had 440K views on YouTube and 2.6M views on Facebook (I’m purposefully not linking to the videos).

Doing this particular research lately feels like going down another rabbit hole, but if you want to learn more about the #WalkAway sticker, check out this article by Abby Ohlheiser from The Washington Post, “The #WalkAway meme is what happens when everything is viral and nothing matters” (July 2, 2018). Strange times here in the USA.

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