This ‘Memes’ War!!

“Memes have become almost exclusively political. Everything is incredibly antagonistic and charged with politics.” – Ryan Milner (https://soundcloud.com/motherboard/meme-warfare)

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Whether it’s a made up war between Biden and Trump

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A celebrity feud
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Fake war propaganda (Hillary Clinton’s draft our daughters)
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Or politician vs politician/political propaganda,

 

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Memes are an integral tool of warfare amongst today’s society.

With the emergence and popularity of memes politics has seemed to become less about the policies and more about who has the dankest memes. Forget posters on the street and forget legacy media, because memes have become the new way of spreading and creating propaganda.

As Jeff Gieser said “it seems obvious that more aggressive communication tactics and broader warfare through trolling and memes is a necessary, inexpensive, and easy way to help destroy the appeal and morale of our common enemies.” (Jeff Giesea ‘It’s Time to Embrace Mimetic Warfare’, Defence Strategic Communications 1, no. 1 (2015): 68-76, 69)

In other words: memes are powerful weapons.

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6 thoughts on “This ‘Memes’ War!!

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  1. Hi there! I love your use of memes, they are all pretty relevant to the topic and gave me a laugh :)) I think you can add some more written examples as to what makes memes so powerful. Here is a link to an article I was reading recently on this topic: https://1stwebdesigner.com/power-internet-memes/
    Its great that you have used memes but I think you could improve by voicing you own opinion about them too! Also, you could personalise your blog to make it stand out by selecting a theme 🙂 Hope that was helpful!

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    1. Hi! thanks for your comment! The article has some great examples, thanks for sharing!
      What do you mean by selecting a theme? My blog is already fully customised if that’s what you’re referring to? 🙂

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  2. Hey Daisy, this was a great post. I think your decision on including so many memes within this post was effective as it certainly lengthened out what would’ve been a short blog entry due to our word limit and made the content more enjoyable to engage with. It was also great how you included quotes from the podcast and the journal article which made your arguments more compelling. My only thoughts for your future posts is to perhaps consider focusing on a specific example of the topic (in this case meme warfare) rather than just an overview but this post was still awesome and one definitely one of the best ones I’ve read from this week, well done.
    Also check out this article https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/04/political-memes-2016-election-hillary-clinton-donald-trump
    it really expands on your point about how meme politics has become such a prominent thing and that memes really are a form of propaganda, It was definitely one of the most interesting parts of the 2016 election for sure.
    – Alex

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  3. Hey! First off, I thought your title was a very clever spin on the movie ‘This Means War’!! You had a great article that was filled with relevant memes. I also liked how you provided more than one specific example of memes and how they can be done. I would have loved to see more explanation on some of the memes such as the fake war propaganda ones! But overall, this was fun to read and gave me a further insight on meme warfare!

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    1. Hi!
      Thanks for your comment 🙂
      It’s so hard to get enough information into such a small word number, maybe I’ll write up a seperate blog post with more in depth information about some of the memes!

      Thanks again! 🙂

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