- May 25, 2011
Wait, so even if an actual nazi were to use a thumbs up and say it means heil Hitler, it doesn't really mean that? Signs only have the meaning that we imbue them with. If I think a sign means something then when I use it, that's what it means.
It doesn't matter what the vestigial or even common meaning is. That's why societies have secret handshakes and languages - to signify to themselves ideas that can't be communicated in public.
So when in your mind does symbolism change? Because racists intentionally and repeatedly using a symbol with a shared meaning is... what exactly?
Like the middle finger. A raised middle finger doesn't inherently mean anything, but the shared meaning infers something quite specific.
Answering both of you because its essentially the same question. Within the context its his words that carry the meaning not the thumbs up, if i use the thumbs up the next day its meaning hasnt changed. Symbols dont just change overnight because of a group of trolls, which is what you guys are completely missing and in the end just feeding and proving the trolls right.
I wouldn't hold my breath.
Because some people had to tell us in two separate threads how much they dislike him.
(Not referring to you Unhappy).
Well thats good because im really confused