THE SOCIAL BASE OF MEMES: EXPRESSIONS OF IDENTITY, VALUES, AND AESTHETICS IN QUEER DIGITAL FOLKLORE

dc.contributor.advisorMoeller, Susanen_US
dc.contributor.authorFoster , Bobbieen_US
dc.contributor.departmentJournalismen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-10T06:34:03Z
dc.date.available2024-02-10T06:34:03Z
dc.date.issued2023en_US
dc.description.abstractMemes are a central part of digital communications and cultures. But memes are complex multifaceted expressions of identity and culture. Digital folklorists argue that memes, like traditional folklore, facilitate the creation of identity through socially constructed narratives that form unique groups online. Scholars across disciplines agree that memes rely on community participation, but the methods and theories vary widely. This dissertation advocates for the creation of Critical Meme Studies that centers critical inquiry to examine memes as a form of digital folklore that builds community identity, values, and aesthetics across social media platforms. The concept of boundary-marking memes is introduced to understand how memes build barriers of entry to conversations on public platforms. The methodology consisted of Critical Technocultural Discourse Analysis (Brock, 2018) and the pairing of Queer theories and methods related to the study of Camp as a form of detachment/attachment of political readings (Horn, 2018). As a result, the dissertation found LGBTQIA+ individuals use memes to construct answers to three core thematic questions, who is invited to Pride, what does Pride mean, and how should Pride look and feel. The answers used expressions of identity, values, and aesthetics to build responses that targeted in-group audiences.en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/dspace/kckj-ytex
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/31669
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledJournalismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledHeritageen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledJournalismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledLGBTQen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMass Communicationsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMemesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSocial Mediaen_US
dc.titleTHE SOCIAL BASE OF MEMES: EXPRESSIONS OF IDENTITY, VALUES, AND AESTHETICS IN QUEER DIGITAL FOLKLOREen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US

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