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Dissertation Writing Meme Characters

Finding the right topic for a dissertation usually takes a while, only if you aren’t writing a dissertation on memes!

That’s right! Memes (or memetics), in a very broad sense, are culturally transmitted information that can be easily spread on social media.

In 2017, Julian Porch, the University of York graduate, got the highest grade for his mind-blowing dissertation on memes.

Looks like his success is keeping one girl awake at night! Adriana Torres Plaza from Durham, Washington D.C. is currently working on a dissertation dedicated to the very same topic!

The third-year student is studying Combined Honors in Geography and International relations. Unlike her peer Julian, who presented an 8.000-word paper, Adriana intends to present a more fundamental work of 10.000 words.

Memes as the Subject of Study

For most of the memes are just silly pictures with nonsensical captions. Wanna know Ms. Plasa’s dissertation topic? “Memes as an expression of Neoliberalism; naturalizers of individualism and competition or vehicles for a new collective life.” Sounds a bit complicated, right?

In reality, memes have long become a social phenomenon which allows a fast and prolific exchange of information. The Durham student sees “memes as a new and notable form of expression, political mobilization, and social critique.”  

Adriana’s favorite meme is Kermit the Frog. Ms. Plaza grew to like it for the shadiness of the frog that is so good at conveying how people feel. Still, wholesome and niche memes are another source of study.

Unlike Ms. Plaza, Julian Porch has taken a particular liking to post-ironic memes.

These memes often look like absurd images supplied with no less absurd captions. Some of them are even deliberately misspelled. And yet, people online find them extremely funny!

Memes and Politics – Any Relation?  

Adriana and Julian both believe that memes relate to politics more than anything else these days. Both of them agree that memes serve as a way of engaging young people in politics and world events.

While conducting interviews for her dissertation, Ms. Plaza asks participants to point out two memes that perfectly describe how they feel about their life and future.

Very often, respondents bring the memes that reflect their multi-level reality. Emotions, behaviors, and ideas – all of it hidden behind one’s personal perception of a meme.  

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You Can Now Get a Ph.D. Writing a Dissertation on Memes!

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Finding the right topic for a dissertation usually takes a while, only if you aren’t writing a dissertation on memes!

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Adriana Torres Plaza, from Washington D.C. is a third year student studying Combined Honors in Geography and International relations. She has decided to sit down and write a good 10,000 words on memes. Yes, memes.

The meme queen also makes her own memes!

Memes, as you know, are a 21st century phenomenon existing on our newsfeed, every day. They are accessible and extremely relatable. Consider Gemma Collins? Elf on a shelf? Protec and attac? Student problems? And all the rest! Well Ariana is writing about them. 

The Combined Honors in Geography and International relations student has decided to look at "Memes as an expression of Neoliberalism; naturalizers of individualism and competition or vehicles for a new collective life".  

Adriana holds that "memes are a new and notable form of expression, political mobilisation and social critique." and that the way "memes convey ideas in such an efficient, clever and humorous manner has a lot of value, and studying them can reveal a lot about society".

Luckily, we were as curious about this dissertation as you are, so we asked her a few questions. 

What did your peers say when they heard about this? 

They were like this is so classic.

More so, what did your supervisor say when they heard about this? 

I was originally going to study memes in the context of the US presidential election, and my supervisor is American, so I like to believe the first conversation was a low key bonding moment. 

What do you predict you'll conclude? 

Take part in my study and I'll let you know. 

What exactly will the research process be like? 

I'm conducting interviews where I ask participants to bring in two memes that reflect 'how they feel their life/future'.  So, in addition to some standardised questions, I ask specific ones about their chosen memes!

I'm trying got find patterns in the ideas, emotions and behaviours reflected in the memes. And also the significance people's interaction with them. 

What's your personal favourite meme?

Probably any meme with kermit the frog because he's so shady and always looks distressed. …It's so absurd that a puppet can demonstrate how people feel.

I also live for wholesome memes, or really weird niche ones that make no sense. Overall, I don’t have an all time favourite meme. 

Apparently this one made her particulary laugh.

So, if you relate to memes on a spiritual level and you really can't live without them this is some research suited for you. Send an email to; [email protected] to get involved. 

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