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Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture
Reality’s been having a tough time of it lately. From fake news to fake video to the utter charade of our Instagram personas, ‘authenticity’ seems to be over. When everything is an ironic meme, what are the new vectors for talking truth?
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4 days ago by neilscott
The Mainstreaming of Political Memes Online
Nellie Bowles/The New York Times, Feb. 9, 2018.
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7 days ago by markcoddington
Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture
What I’ve sought to argue in this essay, then, is that we are indeed living in an a strange, surface-centric moment in popular, digital culture right now — where the original ‘essence of things’ has indeed become somewhat unfashionable (or just less entertaining). Social and media technologies, optimised for the diffusion of highly emotive, reaction-generating content, encourage a rapid trade in attention-grabbing ideas, over slower-burning systematic, contextualised thinking.

Yet, even as ‘authenticity’ as a claim and as an aesthetic feels outdated, deeper forms of ‘realness’ in our communications still persist. People are still seeking to communicate their deepest personal truths: their values, hopes and fears with each other. Through sharing media, we’re still creating community.

Nonetheless, the kind of truth in play is changing form: emotional and moral truths are in ascendance over straightforwardly factual claims. Truth becomes plural, and thereby highly contested: global warming, 9/11, or Obama’s birthplace are all treated as matters of cultural allegiance over ‘fact’ as traditionally understood. “By my reckoning, the solidly reality-based are a minority, maybe a third of us but almost certainly fewer than half,” Kurt Andersen posits. Electorates in the US and Europe are polarising along value-driven lines — order and authority vs. openness and change. Building the coalitions of support needed to tackle the grand challenges we face this century will require a profound upgrade to our political and cultural leaders’ empathic and reconciliation skills.
culture  memes  generations  branding  demographics  irony  teens  danah-boyd  politics  fake-news 
8 days ago by jbrennan
Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture
What I’ve sought to argue in this essay, then, is that we are indeed living in an a strange, surface-centric moment in popular, digital culture right now — where the original ‘essence of things’ has indeed become somewhat unfashionable (or just less entertaining). Social and media technologies, optimised for the diffusion of highly emotive, reaction-generating content, encourage a rapid trade in attention-grabbing ideas, over slower-burning systematic, contextualised thinking.

Yet, even as ‘authenticity’ as a claim and as an aesthetic feels outdated, deeper forms of ‘realness’ in our communications still persist. People are still seeking to communicate their deepest personal truths: their values, hopes and fears with each other. Through sharing media, we’re still creating community.

Nonetheless, the kind of truth in play is changing form: emotional and moral truths are in ascendance over straightforwardly factual claims. Truth becomes plural, and thereby highly contested: global warming, 9/11, or Obama’s birthplace are all treated as matters of cultural allegiance over ‘fact’ as traditionally understood. “By my reckoning, the solidly reality-based are a minority, maybe a third of us but almost certainly fewer than half,” Kurt Andersen posits. Electorates in the US and Europe are polarising along value-driven lines — order and authority vs. openness and change. Building the coalitions of support needed to tackle the grand challenges we face this century will require a profound upgrade to our political and cultural leaders’ empathic and reconciliation skills.
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9 days ago by petej
Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture
Interesting on how memes allow people to say things they might not otherwise say thanks to the detachment it allows. Lots of other interesting things on fake news, authenticity and facebook meme groups.
social-media  culture  yoof  memes 
9 days ago by mr_stru
Why Feminists Need to Seize the Memes of Production | Novara Media
Culture matters. Mainstream culture reflects and shapes the dominant ideas and behaviours of our society.
feminism  memes  politics  viral  virality  stream 
9 days ago by therourke
The trolls, tweets, and memes that defined the NBA season
"The rematch of the Tunnel Game at Staples Center between the Rockets and Clippers had a new participant: James Harden, who missed the previous meeting with an injury. The Rockets blew the game open in the first quarter, and it was punctuated by Harden's crossover of Clippers forward Wesley Johnson. Harden looked down at Johnson's prone body after the sick move before measuring a 3-pointer. After the game, Harden admitted he was confused at Johnson's attempt at defense."
p:ESPN★★  d:2018.04  w:2000  NBA  social-media  memes  LeBron-James  Joel-Embiid  from iphone
11 days ago by bankbryan
The American Chopper meme, explained - Vox
After all, one hallmark of the Chopper meme is that for a given instance of it to be any good, the author needs to genuinely understand Junior’s stance and present a coherent and sympathetic version of it — an attitude that is antithetical to much of current social media practice.
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