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One is a new Congressman from Georgia, while the other is a trading card game that was introduced nearly 30 years ago. Everyone has had their share of controversy. But Marjorie Taylor Greene has little to do with Magic: The Gathering other than the same initials. However, that was enough to cause some confusion on social media this week.
It started on Thursday when CNN’s chief correspondent in Congress, Manu Raju (@mkraju) quoted and tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), “AOC says of MTG,” I used to work as a bartender at Art of people I’ve kicked out of bars all along ‘”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is commonly referred to as the AOC and even uses @AOC for their social media posts. Many users on these platforms are familiar with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia), who actually gets by @, but may not know as much. RepMTG.
Greene was accused Thursday of making a “verbal attack” after the Georgia Congressman confronted her colleague in the House of Representatives and said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez supported “terrorist” groups. At that point, the New York Presenter said her antagonist was the kind of person she had to throw out of the bars.
A couple of users quickly jumped on the brouhaha and @katProundmoore posted: “At first glance, I thought
@AOC meant “magic of the gathering” and I was like what the card game did to deserve this “
@sailorsctaustin added, “Some Political Reporters: MTG and AOC Clashed Today Every single nerd I know: ???????????????? Why is Magic the Gathering fighting AOC?”
The philosophy of science and epistemology researcher Nathan Oseroff-Spicer also mocked the confusion of Congressmen and the trading card game: “The obvious connections between satanic panic and modern anti-trans propaganda couldn’t be made clearer when Quillette published an article in the anime and Magic: The Gathering are blamed for making people trans. “
Other uses in social media also found humor:
There were enough reactions on social media that even Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took part and tweeted: “(And no, this is not for the magic of the assembled players, you’re cool with me.)”
@ AOC’s tweet was liked over 61,000 times and cited over 800 times. The misunderstanding about MTG wasn’t limited to Twitter. Discussions took off on Reddit, where some noted that MTG is routinely used as a shorthand for calling a “meeting” alongside Marjorie Taylor Green and Magic: The Gathering.
All of this underscores the confusion that is becoming increasingly common on social media these days when discussing certain topics.
“These are the dangers of social media and internet memes – even taking abbreviations can lead to inadvertent mistakes,” said futurist and branding strategist Scott Steinberg.
“At first glance, the two have little in common: one plays a mean game where opponents are blown with curses and mistaken for mystical thinking (the congressman), and the other is a popular fantasy card game with skill and strategy,” joked Steinberg. “But in the wild world of social networks, where anything is possible and often possible, it’s easy to see how things can take unexpected turns and lead to confusion.”