Grief and loss are difficult and even more if you live in the alternative reality of the president. Memes are one way of coping and they require our attention if we want to understand future strategies of the far right.

Pepe the frog in a MAGA hat inhaling “copium”
Pepe the frog in a MAGA hat inhaling “copium”
The Pepe the Frog “Copium” meme appeared soon after the election was called for Joe Biden


This election is not over when we find out who wins, but what we do over the next several years.

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“Vote” by Dean Terry is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

2020 has shifted how we use our internet and amid the chaos, social media has a responsibility to provide collective safety

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“House of mirrors in the desert” by Steve Devol is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


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Things are never what they seem when you have control over the visuals


VR missed several opportunities, but this is the biggest yet

A man wearing a virtual reality headset against a nature background surrounded by a circle of colorful dots.
A man wearing a virtual reality headset against a nature background surrounded by a circle of colorful dots.
Photo: Vasilina Popova/Getty Images


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Jamie Cohen

Digital Culture Expert. Cultural and Media Studies PhD. Co-author of the first peer-reviewed article on Pepe the frog. Teaches Media Studies at Queens College

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