We're facing a serious problem with fake news. And no, I don't mean the issues of demonizing the free press, inaccurately reporting events, and an overall diminishing of the quality of journalism. Of course, these problems are real problems that are in need of addressing. And yes, most people generally refer to these kinds of … Continue reading The Problem with Fake News
Memes, and social media more generally, are incredibly powerful tools that contribute to the normalization of ideas, beliefs, and overall culture. The things that we are exposed to in our social media feeds have significant potential to reinforce certain ideas, and perhaps misrepresent how commonplace and accepted they really are. Despite this significant power to … Continue reading A Mechanism of Normalization
Introduction “The only thing [Trump’s] mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.” Stephen Colbert, The Late Show. May 1, 2017.1 On May 1, 2017 the late-night comedian Stephen Colbert’s monologue for CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert included several jabs and jokes about President Donald Trump and his relation to Russian … Continue reading “Y’all Know Better” – FCC Regulation of LGBT Television Content
Wait just one goddamn minute… Is this loss? The format of the is astoundingly simple: Four panels. One figure. Then two. Then two once more. Then one figure upright, the second on its side. And that’s it. So long as the meme instance follows that basic format then it’s loss, a meme that has recently … Continue reading Is this Loss?