Meme gone wrong. I wonder if they encourage crass classism, racism, etc.
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- Sandy's comment led me to thinking about the classical enthymeme, how the audience holds the missing part of the argument. For a meme to work, the audience has to share some space, some assumptions. That's tricky, rhetorical, and fascinating, but laden with power dynamics. As for the thread, this is my most comfortable role/position, discussion starter/encourager.Jun 25, 2014
- Nesting is one of my pet peeves too #clmooc?. Regarding the working of a meme, the audience doesn't have any power, do they? I don't have to share any space with others for the FAFSA meme, for example, to be condescending. The unpredictability mentioned by makes memes powerful. Imagine the good memes could cause in their unpredictability. Wouldn't it be neat to see examples of this type forJun 25, 2014
- Doesn't the audience always have interpretation and reception?Jun 25, 2014
- I think we have a lot of work to do to make sense of the complexities of humor. There are so many different types of humor and they work in such complicated ways. We all engage humor all the time and yet it can be really hard to distinguish the moments when humor subverts structures of inequality from the moments when it reproduces those structures. I worry that the response to the critique of humor is to shy away from it altogether, but humor is such an important survival tool.Jun 25, 2014
- Agreed.Jun 25, 2014
- Anna SmithOwnerAgreed,. Humor is marvelous and necessary. I have been amazed this week while thinking about memes at how consistently I make reference to pop culture--using sayings, forms, and actual texts--to both communicate, and share a bit of levity in that delivery.
I also find humor to be incredibly revealing as to what is considered the norm and the strange.Jun 26, 2014
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