Creator: Izzie Levinson
Date Created: ?
Name of the Document: Google Search: “9/11 Memes”
Context: In the years following the terrorist incident known colloquially as 9/11 (or September 11), the event has been repurposed by meme-makers online, often either ironically or earnestly noting conspiracy theories in relation to the event.
Potential relevance for the future: Memes are entirely a byproduct of the Internet generation, and have often served as a tool for communication used by hacktivists, radicals, and Internet trolls alike. These indicate the ways in which the irreverence, irony, or distrust fostered by those who proliferate this content are in conversation with larger political events and even catastrophes, serving as a tool through which one could dissect the roots of this ironic façade and investigate further the implications of this sardonic presentation of horrific events.
Other relevant headings: 9/11, memes, meme culture, George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden