11 thoughts on “How We Communicate Today #1”

    1. I used to be a “bullet statements forever” kind of guy, but I’m learning the power of a good image in a presentation. Memes are especially powerful, though: Single “slide” statements that travel around the world in minutes. Thanks for reading!

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  1. I love memes but haven’t used them in my classroom. A colleague showed me Pablo, a kind of online meme / motivational poster generator. Are you familiar with it? Another colleague was telling me about teaching a social justice class using memes which are the political cartoons of this generation. I hadn’t thought of it that way before and it was a thought-provoking statement.

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    1. Memes are amazingly powerful. I know they resonate with younger people, but I’m amazed at their power with older (40-80 y/o) viewers. So many images, especially the patriotic or religious, generate an automatic response that just hammers the written message home. For folks who grew up “believing what they read,” I think they’re actually a little dangerous. I’m stealing the “political cartoons of this generation idea,” because it’s just about spot on. Thanks for reading!

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    1. Teaching visual information is important, but I find it hard to keep up with (okay, almost impossible) the different meanings that images can have for different groups/age ranges/areas of the country/etc. I like the knowyourmeme resource–thanks for pointing that one out.


  2. I love memes! My PhD is Sociology in Education, so memetic theory is fascinating to me. How things just flit through culture, with people becoming obsessed with them, and then just as quickly, they flit away.
    I have this Jeopardy set of literary games, and there are several joke answers about Paris Hilton. Of course, students today have no idea who she is. It’s hard to believe that she was once ubiquitous.

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    1. I love memes as well (okay, I really, really like them), but I’m honestly a little bit scared of some of them. I don’t want to get into politics (however, if I did get into it over memes, it would be with you), but as I understand it so much of the “interference” in the last election was simply through memes. I believe (though I have no research) that they’re especially powerful with older internet users who aren’t as savvy as they need to be. A patriotic or religious image, a few well-chosen words, and emotions rise quickly.

      I’m dying to ask about the field of sociology as it pertains to education. (Mind you, I’ve always held that most teachers are sociologists/psychologists without the formal training). What’s that all about?!

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