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With Max Read (Sr Editor, New York Magazine), Julianne Shepherd (Culture Editor, Jezebel), Adrian Chen & Naomi Fry (Staff Writers, The New Yorker), Katie Notopoulos (Sr Editor & Technology Reporter, Buzzfeed), George Civeris (Research Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism).
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 06:00 PM   Absolutely Free
Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Columbia Journalism School

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The Politics of Memes & Online Humor
Wednesday, April 25th
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Columbia Journalism School

Is Pepe the Frog hate speech? What are the ethics of reaction GIFs?

How do the values & practices of online subcultures enter mainstream political discourse? What is the role of memes & viral online content in the spread of political messages?

Join us for a timely conversation on the ways online humor influences & anticipates our politics. Moderated by Tow Fellow George Civeris as part of Tow's conversation series on humor, journalism, & the internet.

Panelists include Max Read from New York Magazine, Ayesha Siddiqi from The New Inquiry,Julianne Escobero Shepherd from Jezebel, & Katie Notopoulos from Buzzfeed. Additional guests will be announced soon.

Join the conversation using #TowComedy.

This event is free & open to the public, though RSVP is required. Please direct any questions to


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