This training is an essential examination of the impact that memes have on modern society and digital culture. We will begin with some of the definitions that help ground this newer model of civic engagement. An overview will be provided to explain how memes are used as a form of social interaction within online communities and how they are transmitted beyond the Internet. Examples of the various forms of memetic engagement will be shown throughout the presentation, concluding in a brief point of reflection of how this knowledge helps psychology professionals develop better practices in a therapeutic setting regarding memetic communication.
Dr. Shane Tilton is an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Ohio Northern University. He focuses his teaching on journalistic content, memetic communication, and communication research practices. His research deals with the social psychological impact of games with a specialization in game-based learning and how music in video games affects people. His work attempts to expanding the bridge between ludology and pedagogy in the college classroom. His service to the academy has included work with the Games Studies interest division of both the National Communication Association and International Communication Association. Dr. Tilton was also the chair of the "Two Year/Small College Interest Division" for the Broadcast Education Association and was the former chair of the "Communication and the Future" for the National Communication Association. His work has been internationally recognized.
Memes, Society, and Culture
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