Content is Not King: A Measurement Study of Selected News Websites

During the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, the term “fake news” became a significant part of public vernacular and discourse. Fake news, it was posited, was used to spread disinformation and diminish the credibility of established news organizations in order to sow confusion about presidential candidates. In the months that followed the election, Donald Trump used … Continue reading Content is Not King: A Measurement Study of Selected News Websites

Pepe the Frog: A Case Study of the Internet Meme and Its Potential Subversive Power to Challenge Cultural Hegemonies

This thesis examines Internet memes, a unique medium that has the capability to easily and seamlessly transfer ideologies between groups. It argues that these media can potentially enable subcultures to challenge, and possibly overthrow, hegemonic power structures that maintain the dominance of a mainstream culture. I trace the meme from its creation by Matt Furie … Continue reading Pepe the Frog: A Case Study of the Internet Meme and Its Potential Subversive Power to Challenge Cultural Hegemonies