In the decades since the first shitpost, the practice has become widespread and sophisticated – especially among today's young people.
Chemistry Cat’s got some knowledge for you.
Know Your Meme
Imma let you finish, but there's more to memes than you think.
In Chinese, the phrase “rice bunny” is pronounced as “mi tu” and has become a nickname for the #MeToo campaign.
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After the hashtag #MeTooInChina was blocked by Chinese authorities in mid-January, social media users made creative use of nicknames and emojis to evade censorship and highlight harassment.
What’s the meme war all about?
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The term “meme” was coined in 1976. Today, these cultural artefacts have gone viral, and are redrawing the boundaries of acceptable political discourse.
“Have you seen what @realDonaldTrump just tweeted?!”
What connects a cartoon frog, misappropriated mythology and the US's 45th president?
Unlike Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump did not give a subculture a corporate, establishment sheen by appropriating it.
If news pundits had been paying closer attention to memes, they may have been less shocked by the result of the 2016 US presidential election.
Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Fight Between Carnival and Lent.
Hillary Clinton failed to unleash the power of the meme.
The Politically Incorrect forum is bringing its racist vitriol to a website near you.
A still image captured from a video from the Tulsa Police Department shows Terence Crutcher with his hands in the air.
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A scholar of visual culture sees a transition happening online as the alt-right reinterprets images of police shootings to push back against the gains made by Black Lives Matter.
For Grumpy Cat, a random internet post led to global fame and red carpet appearances.
This scientific field suggests people have been passing along memes since long before the birth of the internet. What makes one bit of culture take off, while another sinks from sight?
Gotta catch ‘em all.
The spontaneous success of Pokémon Go shows how powerful internet memes can be.
More visual coverage of the campaign means more material that is shareable and alterable.
The visual is powerful within social media content. For politics, it allows additional commentary, more detail, and humour.
All rhetorical techniques are designed to enhance one of the three pillars of communication: ethos, logos and pathos.
We all use rhetorical structures. But, unless we're skilled in their use, as politicians and advertisers clearly are, we don't necessarily grasp their full manipulative power.
Come watch me play!
Watching a clip of Lil Bub or Grumpy Cat may give you a quick mood boost to get you through a tough workday.
What do you see? A photo illustration of the famous dress.
The debate over the color of "the dress," a social media phenomena, tells us a lot about how internet-wide opinions are formed and manipulated.
Please like me.
News that the Conservative Party has been spending more than £100,000 a month on Facebook advertising has its supporters and rivals all wondering if this is money well spent. It seems like a lot of money…
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On May 26, the day after Ukraine elected Petro Poroshenko its president, a meme surfaced on the Russian Internet (or RuNet, as it’s colloquially known) depicting Ukraine as a chocolate bar. A reference…
Clare Balding and Frankie Dettori take the challenge.
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Now that every celebrity under the sun and every Facebook user has posted a video of themselves getting wet, it appears we have reached peak ice bucket. A trend that started as a drive to raise awareness…
Never ever, ever, ever, ever gonna give you up. Ever.
Rick Astley, 80s pop singer and unlikely king of internet memes, is dead. Or at least the most persistent song in his catalogue is. Or at least its most popular unofficial YouTube upload is. Or at least…
Have you heard the one about..?
Urban legends get around, but we don’t really understand why. We conducted a study to explain how misinformation spreads surprisingly fast and why people feel compelled to share it. There are many urban…