Heather Suzanne Woods is a scholar and teacher of digital rhetoric.
She has been researching the relationship between technology and culture for nearly a decade. Heather’s research projects focus on rhetorics of futurity and innovation. Her most recent project analyzes the ways memes circulate to create public culture.
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ANONYMOUS STEUBENVILLE AND THE POLITICS OF VISIBILITY
Make America Meme Again
As demonstrated by the 2016 Presidential Election, memes have become the suasory tactic par excellence for the promotional and recruitment efforts of the Alt-right. Memes are not simply humorous shorthands, or pithy assertions, but play a significant role in the machinations of politics and in how the public comes to understand and respond to their government and compatriots. Using the tools of rhetorical criticism, Woods and Hahner detail how memetic persuasion operates, with a particular focus on the 2016 election.