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The Metropolitan Museum has officially won the internet today.

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What happens when you combine Ray Rice, football, a meme, and Jenny Holzer?

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Post image for Creative Dissidents Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and many, including one of China’s most famous dissidents, Ai Weiwei, are commemorating the occasion with personal protests.

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Ugandans Fight to Save the Miniskirt

by Ben Valentine on February 27, 2014

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Last week, Ugandan officials passed the 2011 Anti-Pornography Bill. Ugandans on Twitter (#UOT) were quick to join the fray with memes and a hashtag.

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Can a Meme Be Original?

by Jillian Steinhauer on November 6, 2013

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Memes derive their power from their group appeal, their essential authorlessness. Ideas move around the web at the speed of light … when it comes to memes and tumblelogs and internet trends, originality is not the deciding factor.

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Three Memes You Should Know

by Hrag Vartanian on August 26, 2013

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It’s the end of August and thoughts — naturally — turn to frozen yogurt and memes. So, we suggest you not fight it and embrace these three memes you should know about.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably fully aware that the US government’s National Security Agency (NSA) can read your email, track your web movements, and access your Skype, Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and almost any other major internet account (strangely, Twitter seems exempt). Naturally, how does the internet respond? Through memes, images, and blogs.

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What is a meme? How is it a part of our greater cultural dialogue? Jump on Twitter to #AskAMemeMaker today, and join in a dialogue on just how memes can be more than just internet noise.

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Photo Essays

Free to Be You and Meme

by Joseph Akel on March 28, 2013

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Unless, somehow, you miraculously haven’t accessed your Facebook or Twitter in the last two days, you’ve probably noticed a proliferation of crimson tiles with superimposed pink equal signs popping up in avatars and profile pics. The instantaneously ubiquitous logo, a riff by the Human Rights Campaign on its own original design, was posted in response to the two landmark Marriage Equality cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Indeed, a report by the Chicago Tribune estimated that, within hours of its original posting, the image had been shared over 20,000 times. By Wednesday, the original design had transitioned into a fully-fledged internet meme, altered and hastily reconfigured much like last years pervasive image of Hillary Clinton texting from the belly of military plane cargo hold.

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The Meme After the Fall of The Tower of Babel

by John Yau on November 11, 2012

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Susan Wheeler: God knows, as my mother would have said. I’m beginning to get an inkling, as I’ve been writing a series of poems that use her idiomatic expressions — she grew up in Topeka, and had a strong portion of Pennsylvania Dutch as well, but who knows where she got phrases like “busier than a cranberry bog merchant.” Other things, of course: a soft spot for “colorful speech,” attempts to “read” idioms in order to fit into a group or out of one, an awe of good talkers, especially those who use highly idiomatic speech, Catullus — (laughter) What does Armand Schwerner say? “Extension of the dramatic monologue into plurilogue.”

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