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Researchers studied 160 million memes and found most of them come from two websites • Motherboard
Samantha Cole:
<p>Researchers at University College London developed a new way to measure how memes are made and spread. What they found won’t surprise anyone who’s peered into the darker parts of the internet in the last few years: The most toxic, yet most effectively spread, memes are first shared on two places, the subreddit r/the_donald and 4chan’s “politically incorrect” forum, called /pol/.

The researchers said they <a href="https://arxiv.org/abs/1805.12512v1">studied multiplatform meme ecosystems</a>, with a focus on “fringe and potentially dangerous communities.”

“Considering the increasing relevance of digital information on world events, our study provides a building block for future cultural anthropology work, as well as for building systems to protect against the dissemination of harmful ideologies,” they added.

They’re not the first to think deeply and academically about the meme ecosystem, but the patterns they found also bolster what we already knew about memes: that based on sheer size and spread of these communities, you’re probably sharing images that were made to be distributed in toxic communities…

…/pol/ had the highest volume of memes, while the_donald was the best at getting memes spread outside of its own community. Reddit and Twitter users shared more “fun” memes, they concluded, while /pol/ and Gab saw more racist or politically-motivated images.</p>


Has anyone tried comparing their spread to actual viral spread?
virality  meme  reddit  4chan 
11 days ago by charlesarthur
Memes That Kill: The Future Of Information Warfare
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?
ethics  language  meaning  memes  virality  stream 
6 weeks ago by therourke
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 
10 weeks ago by therourke
6 Things People Should Give Fewer Fucks About | Mark Manson
I don’t click on articles about shootings anymore. I don’t click on videos about the gun debate. I don’t read about terrorism in the news and despite the fact that the Austin bomber was blowing up people in my hometown, I didn’t read a single article about it. Fuck that guy. He doesn’t deserve my time or attention, nor does he deserve to have his name printed anywhere.

I refuse to engage any media about these people anymore. Because the only way to counteract the Kardashian Rule is by simply withdrawing your attention. To decide that you don’t give a fuck about it anymore.

you probably do know that Kardashian is somehow one of the most famous people on the planet. This is despite the fact that she has done nothing, continues to do nothing, and shows no promise of ever doing anything. This is because Kim is the original master of The Kardashian Rule. She recognized it before anybody else — that he/she who commands the most attention will be the most rewarded — and capitalized on it massively.
I don’t click on articles about shootings anymore. I don’t click on videos about the gun debate. I don’t read about terrorism in the news and despite the fact that the Austin bomber was blowing up people in my hometown, I didn’t read a single article about it. Fuck that guy. He doesn’t deserve my time or attention, nor does he deserve to have his name printed anywhere.

I refuse to engage any media about these people anymore. Because the only way to counteract the Kardashian Rule is by simply withdrawing your attention. To decide that you don’t give a fuck about it anymore.
against  news  virality 
11 weeks ago by dandv
Rude Awakening: Memes as Dialectical Images > non.copyriot.com non.copyriot.com
“It’s not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation. In other words, image is dialectics at a standstill.
geert  lovink  images  information  internet  knowledge  language  meaning  memes  module  reading  truth  value  viral  virality  stream 
11 weeks ago by therourke
Making Social Critique Go Viral
Op-ed for non-profits on why and then how they should attempt to go viral.
profwriting  viral  virality  circulation  nonprofit 
october 2017 by stevej27
Kremlin info-ops measured to have a total reach of 340 million with dark, divisive ads
when the virality and resharing is measured, it's far higher than previously estimated, according to this Washington Post article
virality  news  fake-news  facebook  politics  russia 
october 2017 by jm
Flame wars: How angry memes go viral | Cult of Mac
Want a shortcut for producing viral content? Get angry. Here's why enraging the internet is the fastest route to clicks and video views.
tech  meme  virality 
october 2017 by krannon
Facebook and the Tyranny of the “Like” in a Difficult World
Argument about how Facebook algorithms hinder particular issues from going viral or even being responded to
Facebook  profwriting  algorithms  race  virality  activism 
august 2017 by stevej27
This Cincinnati tire shop gave a nod to Baby Driver, and Edgar Wright noticed
Interesting article about a tweet from a Cincin-based store, and its "prof writer." Questions raised about the value of virality and circulation for businesses (prof writing question). Also raises a related question of whether or not this is news, and if so, when did circulation become news?
virality  circluation  viral  socialmedia  digitalrhetoric  newsjacking  profwriting 
july 2017 by stevej27

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