Update: This is cult of personality. There’s no way all of these memes of Bernie in mittens could have hit your screens so quickly after the original photo was taken.
The propaganda makers saw how you went apeshit over the also-curated Dr. Vernon Coleman, the original old man in a chair. They figured it’s what you want. So they gave you another old man in a chair.
Don’t overthink it. Think of the memes as bombs. They’re meant to annoy you, enrage you or contemplate their meaning. This is a fabricated campaign into cult of personality.
Coleman also is a curated personality. Throughout his life he’s always been known as a know-it-all and a snappy flamboyant dresser writing children’s books and “how to” articles. This newest image of an old man in chair wearing clothes you’d see your grandpa wear is apparently what an infantilized society wants.
Coleman isn’t particularly good at memetics but he knows what trends. He parrots your own frustration, humble brags his image (“thank you for watching an old man in a chair”) and right on cue, leaves you with an inspiring message not to lose hope. He’s generating popularity off of your frustration and anger at the state and its corporate owners.
He is no different than Alex Jones or any other reactionary type that capitalizes on your feelings. I’m sure he believes everything he says in his video but that’s a secondary benefit to his real agenda: popularity.
Bernie knows nothing at all about memetics and cult of personality. As I explain at the end of this post (which is kind of appalling that I even have to write it and explain cult of personality), he’s got handlers. Handlers curate the image of your character. Everyone in politics has a handler, a coach, an image consultant. They are the ones that listen to what’s popular, pay attention to the trends & data analytics & are the masters at memetics.
The image makers at State Media take every opportunity to give us what we want. After 10 months of re-sharing and frenetically posting Dr. Vernon Coleman’s brutal takedown & shakedown of this plandemic, we made it very clear to them that all we want in life is a cuddly wuddly old man in a chair.
Cue the Internet, which did not disappoint.
Move over, Dr. Coleman. There’s a new old man in a chair in town.
You can find the Bernie mitten memes funny if you want, you can be disdainful or indifferent, you can question their real motive for existing in the first place. It doesn’t matter. His handlers said “We weighed the data. Americans want old men in chairs so we need you sitting cross-legged, in a chair, in the cold, in a mask wearing these argyle mittens. When the media asks how you feel about being an internet sensation just say “it was cold. I was trying to stay warm.” Keep it simple. Our team of social media experts will pelt the feed with memes so it starts trending within moments of the inauguration.”
That is as probably as close to the truth as you’re going to get.
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