memes

r/place reddit void popculture

R/place through the Lens of Relational Art

Paper
Marit van Dijck
09/12/2022
9 minutes to read

R/place is a perfect example of relational participatory art. This paper explores why it can be classified as such, and how it decommodifies and re-democratizes the collaborative, online pixel board artform. 

Elon Musk and his Musketeers' discourse on Twitter

Paper
Juliette Berndsen
17/01/2022
16 minutes to read

Elon Musk and his fans converse easily in memes and jokes on Twitter. While this discourse is slightly bewildering to outsiders, the power Musk holds over his fans can have a serious impact on real-world events such as cryptocurrencies.

What the Suez Blockage can teach us about digital literacy

Article
Simon Moser
03/05/2021
8 minutes to read

The 2021 Suez Blockage may have been a disaster for global trade, yet it also provides for a splendid case study of digital literacies. This article analyzes how online groups implement their own literacies into memes related to the event.

Karen and digital vigilantism

Article
Aleksandra Dimitrova
06/01/2021
10 minutes to read

‘Karen’ videos are on the rise, but who is the digital vigilantes and who is the offender? Some aspects of dangerous forms of digital vigilantism.

‘5G users be like’: (In)visibility as evidence in 5G conspiracy memes

Article
Mijke Akkermans
09/08/2020
15 minutes to read

For several years, conspiracy theorists have promoted the idea that 5G waves are harmful for one's health, now even relating this to the coronavirus. This paper explores how memes are used to define (in)visibility as evidence within this theory.

covid-19 memes, coronavirus, memes

Coronavirus memes: Laughing the apocalypse away

Article
Jana Nuiten
18/05/2020
10 minutes to read

As the coronavirus pandemic has taken hold, coronavirus memes have emerged. In memes, people find an outlet for being humorous and coping with the harsh circumstances they are living in at the moment.

An Instagram feed shows an alert about coronavirus, followed by a post that reads "we will feel alive again"

Memeing under Covid-19: On the phatic internet and collectivity

Article
Lucie Chateau
20/04/2020
16 minutes to read

This article looks at how our online communication practices have changed under the Covid-19 crisis. It looks at collective memeing, text chains and Boomer Images to reflect on what connections are being made in these extraordinary times.