Revenge by photoshop: Memefying police acts in the public dialogue about injustice

BAYERL, Petra Saskia and STOYNOV, Lachezar (2016). Revenge by photoshop: Memefying police acts in the public dialogue about injustice. New Media & Society, 18 (6), 1006-1026.

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In this article, we are interested in the role digital memes in the form of pictures play in the framing of public discourses about police injustice and what it is that makes memes successful in this process. For this purpose, we narrate the story of one such meme: the ‘pepper-spray cop’. In our analysis, we link the creation and spread of the meme to the democratization of online activism and the subversive acts of hierarchical sousveillance. Based on our findings, we discuss features of the meme and the process linked to its initiation, rapid spread and disappearance as vital for the success of visual memes in the context of online protests.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1902 Film, Television And Digital Media; 2001 Communication And Media Studies; Communication & Media Studies
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Page Range: 1006-1026
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 11:47
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 08:03

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