How Meme Warfare is Disconnecting the World

Isn’t it funny how memes are seen as a silly joke that people see online and laugh about, but in reality, it is the smartest way to share and weaponize information. As Richard Dawkins states, “memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which in the broad sense can be called imitation”. This proves that the prime role of social media and memes is to mobilize, coordinate and disseminate, and its effectiveness is due to US. We use the internet and the FAANG walled garden and allow for these social media revolutions. 

So, in a way, it connects us while at the same time disconnecting us extremely. If you’re still having a hard time understanding click here. This is an example of meme warfare and how it can cause countries to largely disconnect. 

References

Jordan, M, 2014, ‘What’s In A Meme?’, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, viewed 12 October 2020

https://www.richarddawkins.net/2014/02/whats-in-a-meme/

Netflix, 2020, ‘The Social Dilemma’, YouTube, Video, viewed 12 October 2020

RudeRaptor, 2020, ‘Something is Fishy about Coronavirus’, ImgFlip, viewed 12 October 2020

https://imgflip.com/i/3qpjsa

Published by Caitlyn Perrine

Hi! I’m Caitlyn Du Buisson Perrine

3 thoughts on “How Meme Warfare is Disconnecting the World

  1. Love this blog post!! We took a really similar approach to the casual and relatable writing style. I like how you made it personal as to go into the way social media disconnects us. I went into more of the political side of meme warfare. Keep up the good work 🙂

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  2. G’day Caitlyn, I really appreciate how you broke down this topic so consciously, as I was struggling to grasp the topic. I appreciate the inclusion of the readings from the past few weeks, as the way you explain them helps paint a clearer image of what they are trying to convey. In my blog post for this week, I go on to talk about the political implications of Meme Warfare in Australia and how it helps to make young people interested in politics. Here is an example I share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnYODStOWIg

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  3. Hi! I really like the simple yet informative approach you took when writing about meme warfare. It’s a pretty wild concept to think that memes pretty much just appeared on our social media one day, but images of grumpy cats and “stonks” was not the original intention of a “Meme”. Richard Dawkins had actually defined memes as “An idea, behaviour or style that spreads from person to person within a culture”. The way social media has changed our perception on things is insane! This is the article talking about the hijacking of the word Meme! https://www.wired.co.uk/article/richard-dawkins-memes

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