A Google image search on terms like “political memes” or “election memes” provides a reading experience markedly different than opening the morning paper. This instant, biased collage of pictures is the most complex of digital footprints, still new to even the most web literate among us. Political memes show participatory culture’s take on political news and the evolving process of electing a president.
According to Merriam Webster, a “meme” is “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture” Often these are images or videos that are overlayed with interpretive text and are spread through social media in hopes of “going viral.”
Here are some tools for making memes and more resources on the topic:
- Meme Generator
- Mozilla Candidate Meme Project
- Quick Meme
- Meme Pix
- DIY LOL
- Meme Dad
- Make a Meme
- Know Your Meme
So go make a political statement — about the elections or something else, as a meme or some other format! And post your results here as examples or in the CLMOOC G+ community.