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The Hidden Biases of Internet Memes: "Of memes that show people...men appear twice as often. And nearly 45 percent of all the people in memes are Caucasian"
>researchers, who are interested in how ideas morph and branch as they move across the Internet, did analyze what they call the 50 most popular English-language meme “families,” which include the original meme (think: the very first illustration of David Silverman, captioned “are you serious?”) and its most widely circulated derivatives (all the “Seriously Guys” that came after).
>To wit: Of memes that show people, versus dinosaurs or cartoons or cats, men appear twice as often. And nearly 45 percent of all the people in memes are Caucasian; Hispanic subjects make up a fifth of one percent, by comparison.
>“These findings corroborate many of the observations made in [past] qualitative studies,” the researchers sum up, “in which the memetic sphere was described as dominated by young, white men.”
>even if these conclusions seem intuitive, they express a great deal not only about inclusion and diversity in online spaces, but about power and information in them: who the gatekeepers are, who determines what’s cool, whose instincts and interests are considered most “fit,” in the Darwinian sense of the term.
>The Internet, despite its more utopian goals, replicates biases and social structures that exist offline.
>Of course, the Internet is a complicated place, and further research will be needed to get into all that; it might be worth exploring, for instance, memes that subvert mainstream biases or promote minority identities and issues, like “Successful Black Man” or 2012′s “Binders Full of Women.”
>Still, one thing has become pretty clear already: Memes, counter their rep, should be taken seriously.
Does anybody have any female or POC CIAs?
More CIA looky-likeys please