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Digital Void: The Meme in the Moment Festival

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Aug. 16 2021, Published 8:00 p.m. ET

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Pepe the Frog. Doge. Wojaks. Memestonks. Memes have taken center stage in the world — but are we influencing memes, or are they influencing us?

The Meme in the Moment is a festival of memes with the internet’s most critical, fun, and engaging meme thinkers. We’re bringing together academics, journalists, and speakers to help us understand how memes influence our daily lives, how memes travel from the internet into physical spaces, how we can speak about them in our daily lives, and how we can strengthen our cultural immune response to memes at a moment where memes are central to discourse.

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From political movements to group chats and Gamestop stocks to identifying dangerous, extremist dog whistles, the Meme in the Moment will leave you wondering what memes *really* mean in the moment, and make you consider how we can become more resilient from discussing them in physical spaces.

Featuring:

Ryan Broderick is a journalist, video producer, podcaster, and community moderator.

Rebecca Jennings is a senior internet culture reporter at Vox covering TikTok, influencers, aesthetics, digital subculture, and human behavior online.

Dr. Jamie Cohen is a digital culture expert and a writer, speaker, educator, and producer.

Kalhan Rosenblatt is a 31-year-old teenager and NBC News Digital’s youth and internet culture reporter, covering all things memes, teens and social media.

Jenny Chang is a writer, brand strategist, and cultural theorist fascinated by pop culture's intersection with social systems and power structures.

Dr. Anastasia Kārkliņa Gabriel is a cultural strategist and researcher who uses her academic expertise in culture and identity to build culturally intelligent, incisive, and inclusive strategy for brand storytelling.

Hosted by: Matt Klein is a cultural theorist and strategist working with brands, VC, TV producers, and reporters.

 

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CAVEAT is a downtown venue that puts on kick-ass, smart events. Redefining the boundary between intellect and entertainment. When the thirst for knowledge hits, you don’t have to sit at home watching TED Talks or binge-reading Wikipedia: this is a home for people who love learning, playing, and getting tipsy. Come for the oddball programming – stay for the beer, food and curious company.

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