Post image for Everything Else Brian Williams Might Have Misremembered, in Memes

The most astute reaction to news anchor Brian Williams’s claim that he “misremembered” being present inside a US Army helicopter when it was shot down in Iraq can be found in a meme now ricocheting through the Twitter-verse.

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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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Post image for The Internet Has a Lot to Say About NSA Surveillance

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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Post image for Today, #AskAMemeMaker About the Meaning of Memes in Culture

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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