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Long-a** Twitter rant about Russia and the 2016 election sparks ‘game theory’ meme

Okay, guys, it's time for some game theory.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 12, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 9:54 am CDT

One result of the U.S. presidential election has been the rise of the extremely long political Twitter thread. Rants that would formerly have been blog posts are now miles-long collections of tweets about President-elect Donald Trump. And none stands out more than the one that begins “Guys. It’s time for some game theory.” 

Eric Garland, a self-described futurist and competitive analyst, went in on reported Russian election interference for more than 120 tweets Sunday. He tried to tie everything from 9/11 to former President Bill Clinton to NSA leaker Edward Snowden to the current allegations of Russia’s government tampering with the U.S. election. 

His basic message—that Russia had both motive and opportunity to swing the election toward Trump—isn’t totally crazy, but a lot of people found Garland’s “OMGWTFBBQ!” delivery, his accusations against whistleblowers like Snowden and Chelsea Manning, and his unsupported promise of “game theory” laughable. 

So now we have the “time for some game theory” meme:

Whether you found Garland’s thread convincing or not, “time for some game theory” is a perfect punchline. It applies to anything that sounds like bullshit—any theory about video games, or the Venn diagram of the two. And in the context of everyone on Twitter suddenly acting like an expert on politics, it’s the perfect meme for our collective case of terminal, late-stage 2016. 

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*First Published: Dec 12, 2016, 4:21 pm CST