28
Oct 15

Refugee memes and communication misuse

By Julen Figueras

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In my previous post, I wrote about Facebook posts, comments and the (lack of) debates that emerge from them. Another recurrent piece of communication not only on Facebook but on Social Media in general is that of the memes. For those not familiar with the term, memes are units that carry ideal, symbols or practices that are transmitted through writing, speech and other ways with a mimicked theme. Although this definition from Wikipedia is specific enough, when it comes to the Internet and our current 9gag culture, memes tend to be (albeit not exclusively) images with an attached text. These images relate to diverse Internet cultures and to audiovisual phenomena.

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09
Oct 15

Beyond culture jamming—digitally augmented artivism

by Michael O’Regan

They say empty vessels make the most noise, and that’s certainly borne out in the hollow cacophonies projected by many practitioners of culture jamming, a celebrated sub-division of activist art, which all too often problematically conflates the petulant with the profound.  Continue reading →


21
Sep 15

Perpetual power struggle – new leftist nostalgia built on capitalist media foundations

by Mindaugas Jocbalis

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New Media political activism and social media optimism has reached new heights this year, with a revitalised socialist agenda resulting in changed leftist political party discourses across Europe. With new rightists (UKIP, Freedom Party, Jobbik, Sweden Democrats, PVV) emerging last year, and new leftists this year, new media are presenting idealisations of transformative social change. But are they really making a difference? Or is this just a set-up, a cheer for failure, a capitalist trap for the weak, and the vulnerable? With Syriza failing, and traditional media mockery of CorbynMania, Podemos and SNP, how is socialism represented into the 21st century?

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