We are excited to announce a weekly series of 15-minute informal virtual Zoom lectures about memes and viral video on the Russian Internet, presented by our very own Eliot Borenstein. Each lecture will be followed by a moderated, on-line discussion, as well as just more general chat for anyone who feels like staying on-line. The lecture will subsequently be uploaded to YouTube.
All the nefarious conspirators trying to conquer, destroy, or transform the world have one thing in common: they’re terrible at keeping a secret. All their plans are on-line; it turns out that the Internet is almost as good a vehicle for spreading conspiracy theories as it is for distributing pornography. Focusing, as always, on Russia, this lecture looks at the role of Internet memes in both disseminating and mocking conspiracy theories. Disclaimer: no Freemasons or Illuminati were harmed in the preparation for this talk.
If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom meeting information.