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LOLs, lulz, and ROFL: the culture, fun, and serious business of Internet memes

Levinson, Noah D (2012) LOLs, lulz, and ROFL: the culture, fun, and serious business of Internet memes. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis takes an analytical look into the workings of Internet Memes and the culture that surrounds and nourishes them. Through a selection of Internet Meme case studies, a list of cultural qualities are compiled and then used to identify the attitudes of Internet Meme Culture. Then by comparing the relationship between Internet Memes and advertising, film, and television, a contrast between Old and New Media is established. Alongside using political Memes to find connections between Internet Memes and general expression and communication, the final hope is to understand Internet Meme Culture and where it might take Mass and Popular Culture as the digital millennial becomes the new digital citizens.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Levinson, Noah
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorMorgan, Danieldrmorgan@pitt.eduDRMORGAN
Committee MemberOch, Danadcost7@pitt.eduDCOST7
Committee MemberVee, Annetteadv17@pitt.eduADV17
Committee MemberColeman,
Date: 13 September 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 30 July 2012
Approval Date: 13 September 2012
Submission Date: 12 August 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 90
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: New Media Old Media Film Studies Cultural Theory Internet Anthropology Reddit 4chan Internet Meme
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 17:50
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:01


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