~19 min read · From 2018 · Memes and social networks have become weaponized, while many governments seem ill-equipped to understand the new reality of information warfare. How will we fight state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda in the future?
~11 min read · From 2015 · Dunning-Kruger and other bogus memes It’s really common to see claims that some meme is backed by “studies” or “science”. But when I look at the actual studies, it usually turns out that the data are…
9 min read · Jul 29th · Relatable jokes about trauma can help people feel less alone, but questions remain over how therapeutic they can truly be
mental health memes in particular have been on the increase; in fact, their preponderance has been unmistakable during the pandemic.
The most obvious example is the use of the word “triggered”, which was originally used to describe the way the brains of people with PTSD react when re-exposed to something that recalls the original trauma and puts them in fight-or-flight mode. It has now become so ubiquitous that it’s been co-opted by the political right as an example of leftwing oversensitivity – see Donald Trump Jr’s book of the same name.
3 min read · From 2018 · In less than two weeks, the three-word phrase expanded from corners of the right-wing internet onto some of the most prominent political stages in the country, days before the midterm elections.