Week 8: Networked insurgencies: social media revolutions and meme warfare

Meme warfare and social media revolutions are extremely potent in this day and age. The last two American elections were conducted online not only on American soil but all around the globe. Trump won the first with him utilising Twitter to rile up those who believed in change. The second, was won by the left. Media companies owned by the democratic party were against Trump even before Day 1 of his presidency. News companies, social media. Trump became a meme and a joke in the eyes of the whole world. It was easy to stand against him without any context, it was acceptable in the eyes of the majority to belittle the “orange-faced manchild”. And people did because it seemed like the obvious thing to do.

Because we are all on the internet 24/7, we have a huge dependency with our smartphones and social media. Meme culture is bigger than ever before and continues to increase. Nowadays the people with power know that inorder to create something, they have to get the support of people. To indoctrinate the masses with their own values. To fight in the war for them. And before we all know it, the war has already been won.

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