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In terms of media and communication history, we are arguably in the midst of a social media paradigm. Well-known platforms like Twitter and Facebook have gone from being viewed as mere sites of teenage distraction to becoming embedded ICT infrastructure in mainstream organisations across the society, culture, and economy; such platforms, their uses, and their politics are increasingly entangled with everyday life, work, and relationships. For the past decade there has been a burgeoning interest in social media. This highly international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in this field via substantial chapters specially commissioned from leading scholars coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives centered on but extending beyond the social sciences and humanities. Part One: Histories and Pre-Histories ...

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 ...

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