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Memes are modern-day propaganda

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  • Memes are candy for the brain. They confirm our beliefs...reinforce in-group/out-group biases...give people the freedom to express views indirectly via sharing that they would not express directly. When introduced to a population that is emotionally but not intellectually engaged in politics (which is

    Memes are candy for the brain. They confirm our beliefs...reinforce in-group/out-group biases...give people the freedom to express views indirectly via sharing that they would not express directly. When introduced to a population that is emotionally but not intellectually engaged in politics (which is just about everyone) they are incredible tools of propaganda. How do you fight them? Unfortunately too many think the answer is to combat fake news with facts but that is a losing battle. The best meme (hopefully grounded in facts) wins.

  • Any content regardless of medium that exaggerates flaws and denies nuance for the sake of political expediency is propaganda.

  • Is Pepe a harmless internet joke, or subversive messaging? This is an edited excerpt from internet researcher An Xiao Mina's book that was released this week, "From Memes to Movements." It explains how we casually are perpetuating and disseminating the messages of our enemies, one cat photo at a time

    Is Pepe a harmless internet joke, or subversive messaging? This is an edited excerpt from internet researcher An Xiao Mina's book that was released this week, "From Memes to Movements." It explains how we casually are perpetuating and disseminating the messages of our enemies, one cat photo at a time.

    To take from one of my favorite (and most relevant memes) for these times: this is *not* fine.

  • A nicely architected piece about how propaganda has evolved within a new ecosystem - the internet. It’s essentially about lowering barriers to entry for people who want to control the media message and leveraging the Darwinian system that is the irresistible meme, preying on a mix of information overload

    A nicely architected piece about how propaganda has evolved within a new ecosystem - the internet. It’s essentially about lowering barriers to entry for people who want to control the media message and leveraging the Darwinian system that is the irresistible meme, preying on a mix of information overload, confusion and susceptibility.

    “The internet’s greatest power is also its greatest weakness, and the human brain’s capacity to make sense of competing stories is susceptible to being easily overwhelmed and confused.”

  • I was afraid this was going to be yet another well-meaning but deeply misinformed article about memes and meme culture, but it isn't! There are some good, salient points here about the use of memes as a tool for communication and for the spread of disinformation or propaganda.

  • There is no accidental content online. As there is no accidental content offline. Even a piece of contemporary art aims at creating some feelings, whether it is successful or not that is another thing. So it is not about “influencing” our minds - we do that to each other all the time. We always did

    There is no accidental content online. As there is no accidental content offline. Even a piece of contemporary art aims at creating some feelings, whether it is successful or not that is another thing. So it is not about “influencing” our minds - we do that to each other all the time. We always did. It is about whether person behind a meme has a universal-ethical-minimum-judgement...

  • Good article! I wish they’d put a little more effort into the title though. The solution seems simple ,get rid of identity politics altogether!

    If only..

  • Goebbelsian in every way.