As we are likely to see more of this kind of fakery in coming days and as I am currently not interested in entertaining but in educating, here is a BS meme that was shared on my Facebook feed today:
This is an example of a fake meme designed to enrage people.
There is no record of ‘Alyan Ghazwan’ as they are both given names which, taken together, mean ‘one who climbs upwards to conquer’.
This picture was that unfortunate Cuban kid Elian Gonzalez back in the day.
How did I unpick this?
A search engine, obviously.
I use duckduckgo.com as it doesn’t track or censor your searches.
I typed in “Alyan Ghazwan” and it returned zero hits.
I then typed in: Alyan meaning of
It returned a page that said “Alyan is an indirect Quranic name for boys that means “one who climbs upwards”
Step-by-step here (and I don’t wish to patronise my regular audience) I then typed in: Ghazwan meaning of
and I got the information that
Ghazwan is an Arabic name for boys that means “raider”, “attacker”, a person who takes part in a raid or attacker.
If you go a teeny bit Sherlock Holmes on these things rather than responding to what you see with emotional indignation, things are all a lot clearer.
A fake meme, then, which presents a hidden truth: “One who climbs upwards to attack / raid / conquer.”
The people creating these memes know exactly what they are doing and looking at things in a little bit of depth (difficult when you are emotionally enraged) reveals this.
We are in an age of total Psyop mind war. Get used to it.