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Explainer: What are memes?

Nothing defines our use of the internet as clearly as the concept of the meme (pronounced “meem”). Every day, millions of people laugh at LOLcats, dog shaming, and music videos without music, while others mock injustice, support marriage equality, poke fun at NSA surveillance, or call out racism. Virally shared “nuggets of cultural currency” such […]

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Obama? Norway killings? London riots? You can has a meme for that …

Alongside serious reportage of bad news, you’ve probably come across at least one crisis meme that treats that bad news with a dose of ghoulish humour. Just hours after the Daily Mail printed the image of a London looter the version above appeared. It’s funny, timely, and was rapidly shared online. Similar images can be […]

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