So! (en) | Can political satire trigger social change?: from political cartoons to memes

The Internet is a bastion of folk culture. Insider slang, chain emails, and trendy videos fill inboxes and news feeds, circulating from user to user. In this rather dynamic, fast-paced environment, memes emerge as the new form of political satire; a piece of culture, typically a joke, which gains influence through online transmission. However, contrary to what happened to political cartoons in the past, memes might bring the danger of minimising the importance of very sensitive issues. In my last article for PETRIe, I explore millennial satire and whether this kind of digital critique can trigger social change or, on the contrary, increase political skepticism. 


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