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Memes to Movements by An Xiao Mina
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Jan 08, 2019 | ISBN 9780807056585

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“Shows how memes are so much more than an internet phenomenon . . . Incisive and illuminating”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“This is a thoughtful and engaging look at the complex role and power of memes in global politics and social movements and a worthy addition to media and internet studies collections.”

“This work is a first purchase that provides a thought-provoking examination of an important aspect of social media and digital communication.”
Library Journal

Memes to Movements is essential reading. . . . An’s work demonstrates why we should be taking [memes] seriously.”
—Jonny Sun, author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too

“Brilliantly reveals how internet culture, social movements, and political agendas are intimately entwined . . . [Memes to Movements] offers a critical intervention at a moment when the public is anxious about technology and political life.”
—danah boyd, author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

“A visionary and sweeping history of the internet phenomenon. . . . Whatever your thoughts about our digitized world, this brilliant and original book will challenge them to evolve.”
—Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, author of Rhythm Science

“No one does a better job than An Xiao Mina of tracing the deep connections between the inventive and playful culture of memes . . . and political conversations among people who often lack other outlets for public speech.”
—Clay Shirky, author of Cognitive Surplus and Here Comes Everybody

“Internet sleuth An Xiao Mina takes readers on a journey around the social media globe. Memes to Movements is the quintessential guide for understanding the how and why of this social media phenomena. Mina is a voice for social change—and a voice of reason—in this visually overwhelming world.”
—Alicia Eler, visual art critic/reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and author of The Selfie Generation

“An Xiao Mina is a wide-ranging explorer of the frontier where technology meets social change. Her keen understanding of the contrasting ways that social media operate in different countries means she is ideally placed to offer a global perspective on their growing social and political impact.”
—Tom Standage, deputy editor of The Economist and author of Writing on the Wall: Social Media—The First 2,000 Years and The Victorian Internet

“As internet culture has moved from niche to mainstream, and as it has developed into an unprecedented global force, we’re evermore in need of incisive, clarifying work about what exactly we mean when we say ‘internet culture.’ It’s a rare thinker who can look at the internet as it actually is—a spectrum that runs from memes and image macros to social movements and sophisticated forms of political speech—and draw conclusions that include the richness of that spectrum without shying away from the humor and playfulness of the web. But An Xiao Mina is just such a thinker. To truly attempt to understand internet culture, one must occupy many places at once. Mina lives across digital spaces and cultures, and she brings that perspective and authenticity to all her work and now, finally, in book form with Memes to Movements.”
—Scott Lamb, VP of International, BuzzFeed

Table Of Contents

Hands Up, Umbrellas Up

The Revolution of the Cat

All About the Feels
2.1: Hoist High the Profile Picture
2.2: Behold, the Llamas

Ahem, Attention Please
3.1: From Spain to Uganda and Back Again
3.2: Enter the Pandaman
3.3: The Hoodie That Sparked a Movement

Narrating Our Way to Power
4.1: Attention to Narrative
4.2: Stories and Histories
4.3: Symbols of Iteration

Chaos Magic
5.1: The Meme Election
5.2: Bodies and Minds
5.3: Fake, Fake, Fake, Fake

A Contest of Memes
6.1: Where the Wind Blows
6.2: The State of Affairs
6.3: Power Play

7.1: The Rise of the Goat
7.2: Signs and Seeds


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