Crisis memes: the importance of templatability to internet culture and freedom of expression

Sean Rintel (2013) Crisis memes: the importance of templatability to internet culture and freedom of expression. Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 2 2: 253-271. doi:10.1386/ajpc.2.2.253_1


Author Sean Rintel
Title Crisis memes: the importance of templatability to internet culture and freedom of expression
Journal name Australasian Journal of Popular Culture
ISSN 2045-5852
2045-5860
Publication date 2013-06
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1386/ajpc.2.2.253_1
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 253
End page 271
Total pages 19
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Intellect
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Crisis memes are the ghoulish and satirical posts that spread through social media concurrently with serious journalistic reportage. They are folk productions that respond to challenging events based on thematic and structural templates of popular online image macros. This article explores how templatability is relevant to the underpinnings, development, structure and value of crisis memes. The combination of frivolity and ghoulishness that is typical of crisis memes may be criticized for not being reasoned discourse, reinforcing cultural divides and making use of copyrighted content without permission and in ways that the copyright holder may not wish. However, the value of crisis memes lies not in their content but rather their place as a public voice that sidesteps the constraints of traditional media and as an illustration of freedom of expression that may be threatened by increasingly restrictive copyright regimes.
Keyword Crisis
Memes
Image macro
Templatability
Internet culture
Social media
Visual communication
Freedom of expression
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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