Area 51 energy can be brought to real movements, too

Elijah Helton, Opinions Editor

Obviously, no one is actually going to charge, Monster in hand, into a heavily protected military base. And even if there are a dozen Kyles that try, they’ll just get sent back out into the middle of nowhere in Nevada.

I’m not here to disparage meme culture or bizarre posting for the sake of ridiculousness. But imagine the potential of 1 million people signing onto something besides storming Area 51 to see them aliens.

The internet is a powerful tool for virtually any purpose imaginable. And right now, there’s plenty to organize around. If you want to free innocents locked up by a tyrannical administration, that’s happening on the border right now. If you want a government that doesn’t outright lie for no reason, there will be a polling station down the street next year (no road trip to the middle of nowhere in Nevada required). If you want there to be a human race for when the aliens visit Earth, then we’re going to need to not boil ourselves with greenhouse gases.

Of course, this isn’t a zero-sum situation. We can have our Area 51 raid and actually make the world better, but we shouldn’t let the power of people just go to the memes. After all, if there are millions of us, “they can’t stop all of us.”

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