Memes

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Memes

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Memes are “a group of digital items sharing common characteristics of content, form; created with awareness of each other; circulated, imitated and transformed via the internet by many” (Phillips, 2016).

Virality

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The spreading of digital content, such as images, videos, or links, in a short period of time through online media such as Social Networking Sites (SNSs) and electronic mail,  shared by a large number of people.

Though memes often appear to be 'fun', memes can also have a dark side. In this video, Lucie Chateau explains what memes are, how memes are used to reproduce certain values and beliefs, and what can happen when memes are not properly understood. 

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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. 

Getting through Amazon's The Rings of Power for the memes

Article
Inge Beekmans
18/09/2022
21 minutes to read

Various media have highlighted the racism that imbues the angry reactions of Lord of the Rings fans to The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. An analysis of the memes that were created in response to the series.

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.

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Misogyny: A Gaming Company against the Community

Article
Clara Daniels
11/01/2022
16 minutes to read

The gamer stereotype is slowly changing which is shown through the community's response to the misogynic activities that the gaming company Blizzard-Activision engaged in.

Brittany Broski: viral content creator and authentic influencer

Paper
Kelly Burnet
24/05/2021
9 minutes to read

Brittany Broski is a successful content creator and influencer. In the last year, she has built a big community of loyal followers is still growing rapidly. How did she achieve this? How does she present herself as authentic?

The politics of Karen memes

Paper
Pleun Kersten
17/05/2021
9 minutes to read

This article analyzes the 'karen' meme, and how it has evolved as a critique of white supremacy. 

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.