How Memes Use Humor to Discredit African-American English | NC State News


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Internet memes can be entertaining, but a recent exploratory study finds that video memes can also use humor to contribute to – and reinforce – negative views of black culture.

“In this context, when we talk about memes, we’re talking about replicable, remixable internet artifacts,” says Shalina Omar, a linguistics graduate student at NC State who conducted the research. “For example, videos of people who have given interviews to news outlets and whose interviews have been widely shared, Auto-Tuned, etc.

“I’m not trying to be the humor police here – that’s not the point and it’s not productive,” Omar says. “But if you believe that African-American…

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