Suicide Memes: Internet Users’ Anti-Future Expressions
An internet meme refers to a modern type of humor that usually comes in the form of an image layered with a funny caption. Such an image would only be considered an internet meme if it spreads across the internet and is transformed in different ways in the process of its spread. This paper focuses entirely on one specific genre of internet memes, namely the suicide meme. In this paper, I ask two research questions: What are suicide memes expressing? And who are the people behind suicide memes? My answer to the first research question is that these memes are expressing anti-future sentiments by the portrayal of the plan or execution of suicide within the memes. My answer to the second research question is that the people behind these memes are “produsers,” those who produse and use online content simultaneously (Bruns 23). All together, these produsers form a counterpublic (Warner 86). Using queer theory, I analyze the critical discourse of suicide memes and theorize the produsers behind the memes.
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