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.
Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg became a media sensation in 2018, inevitably making her a memetic sensation as well. In the US, the Left loved her and the Right hated her, and the range of memes about Greta reflected this divide. Russian social media veered much more strongly into the Anti-Greta camp, as Russian-language memes demonstrate. What is it about Greta Thunberg that sparked so much animosity?