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The New Year's Memes

By Seong-Young Her on 03 January 2019

Memes are made by shitposters that live in the meatspace, which makes them affected by human schedules. It's a trivial point, but the schema of memes as semi-independent entities that float around on the sea of the Internet is too popular for this point not to be insightful.

Interactive Map of the History of Philosophy

By Seong-Young Her on 12 October 2018

'The History of Philosophy summarized & visualized' by Deniz Cem Önduygu, Hüseyin Kuşçu and Eser Aygün is the best interactive map of its kind I've seen. It doesn't just link names or sprawl into an unusable ball of connections. Instead, it lists representative arguments made by each of the philosophers and links them by their relationship with other arguments.

Memes, Jokes & Visual Puns

By Masha Zharova on 27 March 2018

A basic framework for understanding the interplay between visual structure, conceptual organization, visual perception and meaning-making in collage memes that don't contain any text.

Introducing 'Squirrel and Hedgehog'

By Seong-Young Her on 05 March 2018

For this week's event, we watched a few episodes from North Korea's first animated series, 'Squirrel and Hedgehog'. It's hugely popular in North Korea; 'Squirrel and Hedgehog' originally ran from 1977 to 2005, but resumed production in 2006 due to popular demand. It is currently on hiatus while the studio works on another series called 'The Boy General', a historical series about the kingdom of Gogureyo, one of the Three Kingdoms of ancient Korea.

The Interpretation of Memes

By Mikhail Conrad Nacua on 05 February 2018

What I have here is a modest proposal to talk about the more obvious quality of memes as microexpressions of how we think about character, narrative and imagery. This is about when memes act as images of human action.

The design of a platform determines the kind of content produced

By Seong-Young Her on 15 December 2017

It's a great example of how shaky the definition of 'Internet meme' as 'a funny image or video clip' really is. Are these photos each a meme, or do they compose a single meme through being viewed together?

Know Your Meme: Magibon

By Seong-Young Her on 04 December 2017

The notion of authenticity in online celebrities is concurrent with the notion of authenticity in Internet memes (cf. forced memes) mimics the notion of authenticity in fictional characters (cf. fanon).

Kandinsky and Loss

By S. Y. Her on 04 December 2017

Tracing back techniques used in memes to modern art is a safe bet, because it's only natural that memers will use whatever tools are available to make better memes.