In honor of the AFS Annual Meeting, “Counter Memes and Anti-Legends in Online Welfare Discourse” by Tom Mould will be freely available on the Scholarly Publishing Collective from November 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024. This article from the Spring 2022 JAF (Volume 135, Number 538), uses welfare memes as a case study to explore “counter memes” as a strategy to critique hegemonic discourse and pervasive stereotypes in the digital space. Do some memes do more harm than good? How do others use parody, irony, and factual claims to target stigma?
Three response articles published in the same forum will also be free to access November through January:
- “Vaccine Hesitancy Counter Memes” by Anastasiya Astapova
- “Memes and Representations of Race: An Analysis of Historical Representations of Welfare” by Mia Moody-Ramirez
- “In a Land of Venn Diagrams: Reflections on Anti-Fans and Counter Memes, Trolls and Anti-Legends” by Whitney Phillips
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