AI for Memers, Part I

The worlds of algorithmic content moderation and recommendation are moving closer, with meme accounts caught in the intersection.

Pamela Chen
Dec 12, 2019 · 6 min read
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“Gestures as Substitutes for Words,” Nonverbal Communication. Jurgen Ruesch & Weldon Kees, 1956. Or, an early sighting of The Circle Game meme.
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“72 Red Houses 🧨” Curated by Emma Sheffer. SOURCE: @insta_repeat

A curator’s perspective on moderation vs. recommendation systems

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“Staff Picks” by Edward Steed for the New Yorker, June 24, 2013. Licensed reproduction. SOURCE

But why AI for Memers?

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An early sighting of the Expectations vs. Reality meme template in a 1921 edition of The Judge magazine, itself a credited repost from the Wisconsin Octopus. SOURCE
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Remixes of the original 1921 cartoon via the snowclone meme format, “If You Don’t Love Me at My X, You Don’t Deserve Me at My Y,” and “You vs. The Guy She Tells You Not To Worry About.” SOURCE

What AI for Memers means for journalism

Illustrator Arthur Radebaugh’s 1960 retro-futurism imagining of visual information transmission.
Illustrator Arthur Radebaugh’s 1960 retro-futurism imagining of visual information transmission.
Illustrator/technologist Arthur Radebaugh imagined a personal Christmas card bouncing off the moon as it was delivered from Boston to Honolulu in his syndicated Sunday strip, “Closer Than We Think” (1958–1962). We are relying on algorithms to pluck out the information we want to share and receive from the vast universe of content we are generating. SOURCE

JSK Class of 2020

Insights and experiences from the John S.

Pamela Chen

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2020 Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence + JSK Journalism Fellow @Stanford. Creative director curious at heart. Into the art and tech of content curation.

JSK Class of 2020

Insights and experiences from the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships Class of 2020

Pamela Chen

Written by

2020 Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence + JSK Journalism Fellow @Stanford. Creative director curious at heart. Into the art and tech of content curation.

JSK Class of 2020

Insights and experiences from the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships Class of 2020

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