Hard to choose what to quote from this piece, but (all emphasis mine):
The hashtag #nuclearwar is trending on Twitter right now. If you click in on it, it shows you the top content tagged #nuclearwar. If you click on one of the posts, in giant letters, Twitter asks you to “tweet your reply.” What’s your take on nuclear annihilation, the bird site wonders thoughtlessly.
What is QAnon if not just a way to always have something new to create or consume during breaking news events.
There are a lot of internet users who, after a decade of exposure to viral media, have had their minds so thoroughly warped by trending content that they believe that reacting to popular internet culture is […] some kind of moral duty.
The internet is at a place technologically now where connectivity is not just the default, but demanded of us all.
memeification, the marvel-isation, the spectacle of an ongoing war rendered as entertainment etc. This is less about a lack of empathy or understanding of human suffering, and far more indicative of platforms doing what they were designed to do in producing everything as content— Crossrail Morbius (@HKesvani) February 28, 2022