Taskforce Monday Containment Specialist
Oh, everyone says they hate Mondays, but it's only now we're taking the fight to it.One of the most loathed days, the idea of Mondays have been classified as a Grade-Omega Infohazard by The Computer. There's always been something sort of dreadful about them, but the idea of just how bad they are have turned into a virus all - an infohazard. It has cost corporations billions in lost productivity, moody employees, and additional Java consumption. To combat this (and presumably because even corporate execs don't like Mondays any more than anyone else), Taskforce Monday was formed. Monday Containment Specialist are experts at battling memetic infohazard, each drawn from many different corporations to battle the profit-draining ideas that Monday is just horrible and nothing can get done on them. With the Taskforce, it is hoped that Monday's days are numbered.
Secure, Contain, Profit
Great, just when I thought this bloody Monday couldn't get any worse.Containment Specialists, true to their name, contain the spread of memetic hazards. When containment isn't possible (such as with Mondays), they instead try to mitigate the damage or limit memetic mutations. It's done through a combination of information management, anti-memetic propaganda, and "removal", which is a fancy word of saying murder. When a person, or group of people, are too deeply infected by the infohazard, the only profitable choice is their elimination.
Their work is split between the real world and the digital one, particularly social media and news sites. In the latter case, they are usually trying to counteract the spread of Monday feelings by removing blog and social media posts about how Mondays suck, use motivational posters, or remove particularly "infectious" posts.
Not that people really get the weekend off as much.Their tools are admin and moderator controls, limited AI, data-trawling, manipulating EULAs and straight-up hacking both personal computers and corporate-run sites. With their megacorporate-sponsored mandate to stop the loss of profits incurred by the Monday Infohazard, very few places are off-limits to the Taskforce Monday.
On occasion, an area or group can become so infected by the Monday Infohazard that the Taskforce resort to what they call 'Heat Therapy' - i.e., flamethrowers.As a secondary concern, the Taskforce also catalogs and performs research on Infohazards. Most of the theoretical work is done out of the infamous Ever-Monday Research Facility, and focus on ways of limiting the impact of those damn Mondays and perhaps even find some sort of cure.
The A-Team of Memes
That's a horrible title - have the Mod-Bots erase it.Battling ideas takes a special kind of person, with an ability to think not just outside the box but outside whatever's outside the box. Optimism (either natural or artificially enforced) is a requirement for the job, both for dealing with the effects of the memetic hazards and their impact on people, but to not fall prey to the idea of how bad Mondays are in itself.
Other qualifications include but are not limited to:
- Anti-Memetic Warface License
- Corporate or Military Background
- Small Arms License
- An iron-will to deal with Twitter/Youtube comments
- Thick skin
- Low sense of morality
Even so, the Taskforce Monday is given considerable freedom in determining who it hires and as long as they get results, no one really bothers them about it. They're often depicted as a bunch of mavericks in the many movies made about various anti-memetic fighting forces, and it's an image their corporate overlords have cultivated.
Infohazards Ideas can act much like a virus, infected everyone who interacts with carriers. Infohazards are ideas deemed destructive - either to individuals, property, or to the status quo in the Megacorpolis. Mondays are one of the oldest infohazard still around, with an estimated infection rate of about 98.6% of humanity (and several domesticated animals).