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  • aklobucar 13:05 on August 7, 2014 Permalink |
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    Assignment 1 



    Yeah – a bit late gettin’ goin’ here, but I am definitely up to the challenge of an under academy course. Yeah… Yeah… Did I mention I was up to the challenge?


  • clairedonato 13:48 on August 6, 2014 Permalink |  

    Introduction: Claire Donato 


    Hi everyone,

    I’m Claire Donato, a writer and member of UnderAcademy’s fakulty who also teaches at Parsons (The New School for Design), The Pratt Institute, and The School of Visual Arts in New York City. With my partner Jeff T. Johnson, I collaborate on Special America, a site-specific performance that’s also a gesture toward embodied viral media and meme culture.

    I find memes somewhat intimidating because they follow formulas, and I’m terrible at math, though I admire and engage with constraints in my work.

    Memes are fast and clever. I just looked up the definition of “clever” and (re?)learned the word means “quick to understand, learn, and devise ideas or apply ideas; intelligent.” One desires to possess these characteristics.

    I am making generalizations. 

    Some questions: What memes will a writer who writes from a space of desire create? Can memes engage the rhetoric of feminine desire, of écriture féminine? Memes are written, after all, in white ink.

    Or: Can a meme quiet the mind? Can memes make us wiser and more gentle? What if we sit zazen with a meme? Can it help us cope? 

    In sum, I look forward to considering the inscribed feminine and meditative properties of memes: how they focus our attention on the ways meaning is produced, what happens when they fall out of alignment, and how they do nothing (and encourage us to follow that lead). 



    • davinheckman 14:24 on August 7, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have been thinking a lot about snark, cleverness, and quickness as “currency” in social media. There is a long tradition of linking a kind of reified urbanism with verbal dexterity, insults, and meanness. Whether or not it’s real, who knows!? I think, with it, comes a knowledge of distinction, the ability to form fast judgments and deploy fast identifications. At its best, it is a kind of playful, witty banter that keeps the conversation rolling. At it’s worst, it’s a way to sort people and prioritize attention, marginalizing the unimportant and giving attention to those that matter most.

      Ideal cases of this kind of fast-paced banter appear in a variety of popular contexts…. in comic contexts, specifically, in working class comedy, there is the poetics of the fool who can provide metanarrative in and around the rhythms of ordinary speech. Parallels are improvisations in music, physical comedy in vaudeville cinema, visual puns and manipulations in animation, etc. All of which derive their pleasure from the manipulations of structured time and space. What makes cleverness riveting is that it produces surprise. It takes you where your expectation and intuition did not promise to take you. On the other hand, these sorts of games with order are always eagerly appropriated, and become representations of one’s cosmopolitan disposition, mastery of style, and access to exclusive spaces.

      After social media, when fast-moving, global, self-replicating torrents of data (everything, words, pictures, sounds, processes, all dumped into the stream) presents itself as the chief medium for presentation of self, these oral and performed rhythms are signified differently (the “fast” life of the city transcended by high frequency transactions and high speed networks). Verbal wittiness, which rides context and tends to be subtle in interpersonal, singular contexts, has to become performative in the same way it gets used in popular film and television… but estranged from context, it has to carry its resonances with it. The pleasure of the surprise and craft still remains, but it is heavily moderated by its virtual scale, requiring the specific content be universalized in some way. In some cases, this means wit has to be affectively stylized and converted to snark (speaking as if one is clever). And in this role, success of snark is heavily dependent on its affect, rather than its content. Since its performance of wit is rooted in shared expectations (in the way that language is shared, but more thoroughly marked up due to the volume of the channel it is swimming in) with people who share the same subjective relation to the matter in question and against those who deviate from that disposition. It may be able to impart some knowledge, but the bulk of the information is arranged around its pathical (?… rather than logical or ethical) strength. Instead of interpersonal interaction, we have high volume, high speed sorting procedures that mirror the occult politics of big data, perhaps in the way sacrifices were used to keep the world turning.

      Ironically, I have produced volumes of words very quickly. However, this verbosity has nothing of the cleverness that we associate with quick speech. Rather, they are evidence of my mind’s slow, plodding work…. the scratches of a mind clumsily trying to organize its thoughts…. that translates into the slow speech that I generally use in my daily life. I guess, what I am trying to say is that snark gives us a window into the new cleverness.

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    • ajabine 08:16 on August 8, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Really appreciate this. I can do glib, I can do snark, but my default setting is actually quite earnest and literal. I’ve had to tamp down those tendencies considerably to get any traction in my social media groups. Sometimes, I just decide it doesn’t matter. I’ll write what I’m thinking. If nothing happens (no likes, no shares, no comments), well, I didn’t connect. And I don’t always wish to.

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  • Jeff T. Johnson 13:42 on August 6, 2014 Permalink |  

    1st things 

    hi all! rolling into class late & hiding my self-consciousness behind a knowing smirk. curious in general about meme behavior and culture, and loved talan’s meme talk at elo14. claire donato and i do special america, which incorporates meme-informed media tactics. perhaps this course will help us think some more about the possibilities for reflecting, amplifying, and manipulating attention and critical consciousness. i’ve fakked courses at uac since cycle 1, and am particularly interested in different modes and formats digressors use. here’s my homepage. i never know whether to sign blog posts.

    Added considerations:
    Is the study of memes sociology, & how is that sociology inflected by memes?
    What do we talk about when we talk about memes? Do we define memes narrowly so we can better study them, or might we benefit from considering memes in an extended sense? (We’ll hope to proved examples during the course of the course.)

    fast&bulbous meme

  • siobhanoflynn 19:36 on August 5, 2014 Permalink |  


    Hi all,

    I’m looking forward to the MEME ON MEME ACTION. I’m a Toronto based academic & digital media creator/researcher/consultant. Mildly OCD online with social media & posts

    more on me here @sioflynn & siobhanoflynn.com

    Here is my MEME #1 – why I am here – why I meme


    there are lots & lots of other reasons. I’ll start here.


    Siobhan O’Flynn

  • lisacramp 05:43 on August 5, 2014 Permalink |  

    August 4 -Introduction 

    235293Hello all, I am (sadly?) familiar with the meme culture and I am interested in seeing a new perspective when viewing them. I’ve often wondered if I posted academic content in this simplistic form would my students digest it quicker/easier? (It helps that I teach teens) Would the general population? I personally enjoy the social commentary of memes that can sometimes work on multiple levels at once. Come on, Nick Cage as Kim Jong-un? So much comedy and so much sadness. Also, I’m currently a “Librarian in Training” grad student and I worry that my future career will involve sitting at a lone desk in a warehouse while servers gently hum and blink with not a single book in sight…

    • ccboca 18:33 on August 5, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I love your meme! I find that for my students asking them to do “what x thinks” the 6 position perception meme in response to a reading helps them understand it and gets them to talk about it….


  • cybermardi 00:47 on August 5, 2014 Permalink |  

    August 4: Introduction 

    Greetings memesters-

    I’m dabbling in social media research (as well as a little teaching about it) and one of the undercurrents of my interest in these spaces is what makes memes intelligible/unintelligible in specific contexts and among specific social groups – and by extension, how memes rely upon and reinscribe social norms.  The more I work with memes, however, the more it becomes clear that the way people produce and engage with memes won’t fit into neat little analytic boxes – so I’m looking forward to having my assumptions unsettled and mind blown during this class.

    First world Problems II - This meme is taking forever to load So unfair!!


  • clevercelt 23:19 on August 4, 2014 Permalink |  

    The ultimate knowledge is to know nothing.. except when it comes to memes.. then..

    The ultimate knowledge is to know nothing.. except when it involves memes..

    When genetically selfish people practice singing scales.. they sing: doe. ray. me. me. me. me. me. these are not the me mes I am looking for.. I seek the authentic digital culture memes.. kin to Richard (Dick) Dawkins and his shrinking envelope of popularity me mes across the net of interness.. I believe the Underacademy college has the bestest faculty in the world, bettered only by the students who attend.. Obviously I have previously attended.. and learned everything I ever knew about nothing and how important it is philosophically in terms of locating something.. me mes are something I’m interested now.. removing that nothing at there center.. from me mes to meme.. no one is more interested in me mes than me.. nothing is more important than me being here with the me mes right now.. I have everything to learn and nothing to forget.. today I am clevercelt.. http://twitter.com/clevercelt – erstwhile digital meme investigigglator extraordinaire…

  • constancex 23:15 on August 4, 2014 Permalink |  

    Assign 1: Constance X; Hapi Acquaint U! 

    My first take, looking at the resources, is about the sameness of the offering of so many of these sites, (with the exception of cheezburger, a place where I made quite a mess about five years ago, I will see if any of it is available, but until then, I say this: I iz very very hapi acquaint you); so I did a tiny bit of editing to get this:


  • ccboca 21:01 on August 4, 2014 Permalink |  

    August 4: Introduction 

    Hi Everyone, I am super stoked to have some meme-o-rific and meme-tastic fun. I am interested in theories of virality, and sharability and in contesting some of these. I am kicking off some research (soon!?) on community, identity, and digital media.Captura de pantalla 2014-08-04 a la(s) 17.10.40

  • ajabine 20:08 on August 4, 2014 Permalink |  

    Confronting the meme 

    confronting the meme

    This is the first online class I have attended, and also the first time I have used a meme generator. I learned of this class through Jeremy Hight on Facebook. I enjoy neologisms, but I’m pretty selective about which ones I consider useful. I look forward to this class.

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