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Old February 12th, 2018, 09:21 PM   #1
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Why would anyone risk their health to eat a toxic Tide laundry detergent pod?

https://www.salon.com/2018/02/10/why...anting-to-die/

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Why would anyone willingly risk their health to eat a toxic Tide laundry detergent pod? Most adults are probably baffled by a viral Internet meme that has inspired dozens of young people to ingest the colorful capsules filled with laundry detergent for internet laughs. Indeed, both the Tide brand and health professionals have urged the public not to eat the pods, as even a small amount of the detergent can cause diarrhea, vomiting, breathing issues and, at worst, death.

Yet if you were perplexed, even baffled, by the staying power of internet jokes about absurd, brand-inspired forms of suicide, there’s a simple explanation. Millennials — who were born and raised on the internet and produce and consume much of their culture there — have had our whole lives characterized by economic anxiety. We have a dismal economic outlook, the worst of any generation born since the Great Depression. And our own culture-making — this kind of nihilistic, cynical humor epitomized in memes like eating Tide Pods — is merely a reflection of our worldview. It is cathartic in a sense. And it’s not the first time in history a generation has behaved this way in response to the world they were brought up in.

Generational jokes about death via consumer goods aren't new. Before the Tide Pod meme there was the "drinking bleach" meme, a joke about committing suicide by (obviously) drinking bleach. Social media subcultures like Weird Facebook and Black Twitter share images of bleach in response to undesirable content or to self-deprecate about their mental health. Building on the Tide Pod meme, the Forbidden Snacks meme includes ingesting other household objects that resemble edible treats such as Dungeons and Dragons dice, bath bombs and Himalayan Salt Lamps, to name a few.
While I definitely believe that this "Tide Pod" phenomenon is pure foolishness, and that the glorification of nihilism and victimhood in contemporary culture is as well, this article makes several important points. What are your thoughts?
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Old February 12th, 2018, 09:28 PM   #2
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While I definitely believe that this "Tide Pod" phenomenon is pure foolishness, and that the glorification of nihilism and victimhood in contemporary culture is as well, this article makes several important points. What are your thoughts?
Glorifying nihilism means it is a conscientious act and not that they were confused about the product. So the article basically says that social media is encouraging self destructive behaviour. Agreed. So now what?
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Old February 12th, 2018, 09:29 PM   #3
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Glorifying nihilism means it is a conscientious act and not that they were confused about the product. So the article basically says that social media is encouraging self destructive behaviour. Agreed. So now what?
Idk.
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You are supposed to replace the Windex w/ gatorade before you drink it.
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Old February 12th, 2018, 09:42 PM   #5
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While I definitely believe that this "Tide Pod" phenomenon is pure foolishness, and that the glorification of nihilism and victimhood in contemporary culture is as well, this article makes several important points. What are your thoughts?
Why would they huff

Why do they use addictive Drugs

Why do they Drive Stoned, or Drunk
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Why would they huff

Why do they use addictive Drugs

Why do they Drive Stoned, or Drunk
You guys did that because it was fun. What exactly is fun about eating poison, in your eyes.
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Well drugs and alcohol are at least fun, even though they can kill you. Eating Tide Pods will literally kill you.
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Well drugs and alcohol are at least fun, even though they can kill you. Eating Tide Pods will literally kill you.
Done both alcohol and Drugs, not fun. Lost friends because they or others driving stoned or drunk.
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Old February 13th, 2018, 12:22 AM   #9
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Done both alcohol and Drugs, not fun. Lost friends because they or others driving stoned or drunk.
I definitely understand what you're saying. Drugs and alcohol are certainly fun, and great ways of socializing/easing stress when used responsibly and in moderation. The dangers of these substances come from addiction and irresponsible use (i.e. driving drunk), which I agree with.

Tide pods will literally kill you. That's the point of the article.

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