“because of his supporters’ ability to use memes and the Internet”
If you want to see the best of Trump Derangement Syndrome, nothing delivers like higher education.
The College Fix reports:
Trump won because of memes, Harvard panel concludes
President Donald Trump continues to live rent-free in the heads of academia, as evidenced by a recent panel hosted at Harvard University about the president who has not been in office in one and a half years. The panel focused on his election victory six years ago.
Trump won the presidency because of his supporters’ ability to use memes and the Internet, a panel of Harvard researchers and professors said.
Most of the panel is from the campus Shorenstein Center, which is currently being sued for false claims about the election and recently hired former CNN host Brian Stelter as a fellow, so take its commentary for what it’s worth.
“Would the January 6th insurrection have happened if not driven by online mobilization tactics like memes and viral content to spread disinformation, promote extremist ideology, and prompt real-world action?” the panel asked.
“Many of the meme lords who really went to work in 2015, they had [sic] they were riding off the wave of their success of Gamergate,” Emily Dreyfuss, a director at the Shorenstein Center, said during the Monday panel.
She recently wrote a book with two of the other panelists called “Meme Wars: The Untold Story of the Online Battles Upending Democracy in America.”
Trump was “ the perfect archetype of a meme leader,” Dreyfuss said.
Political operatives like Steve Bannon and Roger Stone “understood that he would be catnip to these alternative media systems and to these folks who wanted something different,” she said.
“So they played them,” Dreyfuss said.
Another researcher and co-author on the meme wars book, blamed conservatives for Hillary Clinton’s inability to connect with voters, not her thousands of character flaws.
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