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Kate M. Miltner

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Chapter 22: Internet Memes

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Internet Memes
Internet Memes
Kate M. Miltner
Introduction

The fact that this chapter exists is somewhat remarkable. Not, of course, that approximately 8,000 words were written and published in a massive tome (although that does take quite a bit of effort), but the fact that a major academic publisher thinks that the topic of internet memes is canonical enough to include in a Handbook of Social Media. In 2010, you could count the number of scholars interested in internet memes on one, maybe two hands. Furthermore, most of those scholars had to consistently make their case as to why pictures of cats with misspelled captions or videos of New Jersey teenagers lip synching to Moldovan pop songs were worthy of academic inquiry.

In our current media landscape, such ...

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