Weaponized Memes? How the Lulz Are Used Against Us

Memes are not just funny images; they pack a lot of emotional baggage into one cultural “unit.”

Illustration: Isabel Espanol. Source: Politico.
Meme from IRA’s Blacktivist Instagram account. Text: Before you vote- listen to MJ “All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us.” Source: Fast Company
Donald Trump Jr reposts an alt-right meme on Instagram in 2016

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Miriam Attal

University of Michigan 2020 | Communications & Media Studies | Research and Marketing at humanID.