The meme election
The meme electionAre the issues in the US presidential election getting lost in the memes?
On Wednesday, October 31 at 19:30 GMT / 3:30 EST:
Internet memes have taken off in popularity the past few years, and many argue they’ve also overtaken the US presidential election. With “empty chair”, “binders full of women” and Big Bird, 2012 has become the first meme election. Although sharing memes is considered fun and offers comic relief, how does it translate into discussing difficult and often complex political issues? We look at whether memes are dumbing down the American electorate or allowing citizens authentic expression in an otherwise staged contest.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Chris Geidner @chrisgeidner
Senior Political Reporter, Buzzfeed
Amanda Hess @amandahess
Co-founder, Tomorrow Magazine
Google+ hangout guests @sarahkendzior and @nathanjurgenson.
What do you think? Do memes raise substantive points or are they just obscuring the real issues?
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