Discourses, practices, and ethics around the viral image in our society - from critical meme theory and emoji studies to TikTok analysis and Instagram counter-strategies.
Wojak’s Lament: Excess and Voyeurism under Platform Capitalism
Those of us with faint memories of the early internet may remember it making a different appeal: nobody needed to know who you were if you didn’t want them to. This memory is made all the fainter with every login to a platform and the uncan- ny accompaniment of feeling watched by an unseen specter. [...]
Out now: INC Reader #15 Critical Meme Reader: Global Mutations of the Viral Image
Critical Meme Reader: Global Mutations of the Viral Image Beyond the so-called ‘Alt-right’ and its attendant milieus on 4chan and Reddit, memes have passed the post-digital threshold and entered new theoretical, practical, and geographical territories beyond the stereotypical young, white, male, western subject. As they metastasized from the digital periphery to the mainstream, memes have [...]