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Memes to Movements: How the World's Most Viral Media Is Changing… (udgave 2019)

af An Xiao Mina (Forfatter)

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Internet memes are one of today's most unexpectedly potent and creative forms, born of digital culture and -- more and more -- in dialogue with real life. A photo of protesters, for example, in Ferguson, Missouri raising their hands in a gesture of resistance gets replicated eight thousand miles away in Hong Kong, where dissidents are fighting for voting rights. Or a viral video of a presidential candidate-elect can become the impetus for an international march of women in pink "pussy-hats," itself a viral meme come to life. In the long, winding road from grumpy cat photos, internet memes have become a central concept of modern protest. Using social media-driven movements as her guide, technologist and digital media scholar An Xiao Mina unpacks the mechanics of memes and how they operate to reinforce, amplify, and shape today's politics. She finds that the "silly" stuff of meme culture -- the photo remixes, the selfies, the Youtube songs and the pun-tastic hashtags -- are fundamentally intertwined with how we find and affirm one another, direct attention to human rights and social justice issues, build narratives, and make culture. Crucially, she reveals how in parts of the world where public dissension is downright dangerous, memes can belie contentious political opinions that would incur drastic consequences if expressed outright. And further, she examines the future of internet memes as tools in both anti-authoritarian progressive circles and government propaganda. Memes to Movementsunveils the transformative power of memes, for better and worse. In a time when our movements are growing more complex and open-ended, Mina brings a fresh and sharply innovative take on the media discourse.… (mere)
Medlem:Zouaghimm
Titel:Memes to Movements: How the World's Most Viral Media Is Changing Social Protest and Power
Forfattere:An Xiao Mina (Forfatter)
Info:Beacon Press (2019), 240 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
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Memes to Movements: How the World's Most Viral Media Is Changing Social Protest and Power af An Xiao Mina

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This book wasn't what I thought it would be like. Mina has done her research, and the book has many examples and facts to back up her claims. However, it was a bit dry for me, and I just couldn't get into it. I ended up abandoning it after a few chapters.

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* ( )
  JaxlynLeigh | Dec 2, 2019 |
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This book is a very interesting subject. It is a contemporary look at how "the small media actions we take online"..." are the seeds of social change". I found the book to be put together nicely. Visually, its a nice book to have and its contents are quite informative. The topic, I felt, would be great for our youth and those interested in sociology. I donated the book after reviewing it, to a local youth center where students might get into sociology through social media. ( )
  Zouaghimm | Aug 25, 2019 |
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This is a scholarly look at how memes have changed the internet, and emerged as a political force, focusing primarily on the U.S. and China, although it mentions other countries as well, such as Mexico, or several Latin American countries. In China, memes have been particularly valuable, as Chinese censorship practices often make straightforward political posts difficult or impossible. The book also mentions how meme culture can work as a polarizing force, which certainly seems to be something that you see here in the U.S. Memes are uniquely suited to helping people find their tribe, which can be both a good thing, as a unifying force for like groups, and a bad thing, as once everyone is sorted into tribes, it is difficult to find common ground.

The book also elaborates on how new technologies, like AI and bots, or other internet inventions, like hashtags, have helped to shape meme culture, and how the sharing of online memes can lead to real world action. This book seems well suited to a college political science class, and I can certainly see it leading to thoughtful discussion about how memes are used, and what their potential may be from here.
  AnnieHidalgo | Jul 29, 2019 |
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This was not the book that I though it was going to be. It was a little dry, but I was able to get through it. I did want to read something outside of my normal, and this was it. It was interesting to see where certain memes came from and how much power they had to sway people into becoming social political movements. When you think something is just a funny gif or picture, sometimes there is a whole story behind it. I don't think I can look at certain memes the same again. ( )
  VoodooYeager | Jun 1, 2019 |
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An Xiao Mina demonstrates how memes are not merely fun and silly, but also have real-world political ramifications. They can help spread dissent, both in nations with a vibrant political culture of free speech and those that are quite repressive. Alas, Mina's work is too filled with academic jargon and will be hard for a popular audience to wade through. It also lacks the kinds of images one would expect in such a book.
  zhejw | Apr 5, 2019 |
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Internet memes are one of today's most unexpectedly potent and creative forms, born of digital culture and -- more and more -- in dialogue with real life. A photo of protesters, for example, in Ferguson, Missouri raising their hands in a gesture of resistance gets replicated eight thousand miles away in Hong Kong, where dissidents are fighting for voting rights. Or a viral video of a presidential candidate-elect can become the impetus for an international march of women in pink "pussy-hats," itself a viral meme come to life. In the long, winding road from grumpy cat photos, internet memes have become a central concept of modern protest. Using social media-driven movements as her guide, technologist and digital media scholar An Xiao Mina unpacks the mechanics of memes and how they operate to reinforce, amplify, and shape today's politics. She finds that the "silly" stuff of meme culture -- the photo remixes, the selfies, the Youtube songs and the pun-tastic hashtags -- are fundamentally intertwined with how we find and affirm one another, direct attention to human rights and social justice issues, build narratives, and make culture. Crucially, she reveals how in parts of the world where public dissension is downright dangerous, memes can belie contentious political opinions that would incur drastic consequences if expressed outright. And further, she examines the future of internet memes as tools in both anti-authoritarian progressive circles and government propaganda. Memes to Movementsunveils the transformative power of memes, for better and worse. In a time when our movements are growing more complex and open-ended, Mina brings a fresh and sharply innovative take on the media discourse.

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