Why do liberals fear the meme war of 2020? If you want to know just read this article from Rolling Stone. The interview covers an “expert” claiming that it was “memes filled with false information” that won Trump the White House.
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“Instagram played a bigger role than most people appreciate in 2016 as a vehicle for the IRA (Russia’s Internet Research Agency). Instagram has not in the interim taken the steps that its own older brother or older sister platform, Facebook, has taken, and as a result, I think it remains vulnerable.
On top of that, people need to appreciate that image-based or meme-based disinformation is equally if not more problematic and prevalent than strict text-based materials. Instagram is obviously a place where images rule. And Instagram is increasingly popular with younger users, and so potentially with new voters, who may or may not be paying attention to the provenance of the material they’re absorbing from social media.”
Meme warriors take their memes made from Biden’s character flaws to the masses as educational tools for reasons not to vote for him. It was a genius tactic that the left didn’t pick up on quickly enough. Since the 2016 election, the meme wars never really stopped, with both sides perfecting their craft. — COTR
— 🇺🇸Maggie VandenBerghe🇺🇸 (@FogCityMidge) April 28, 2020