Social Issues

Meme Factories?

Posted on: Thu 30 Jul 2020

The use and abuse of memes in corporate marketing strategies has come to prominence in recent years – with more companies targeting youth markets by deploying ‘share-ready’ image macros over social media.

However the creation of these memes is not as low-key as you’d expect…

In fact, coordinated networks of meme creators and accounts exist in the bedrooms of Singapore and Malaysia – constituting so-called ‘meme factories’.

Crystal Abidin, Senior Research Fellow in Internet Studies at Curtin University, has spent the last two years investigating this phenomenon. She joined Breakfast’s Zoe Kounadis to elaborate.

Produced by Leon Bishop

Image sourced: Kevin Zollman


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