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Presented By: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+)

Internet Memes from Politics to TikTok

Eytan Adar

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This lecture will be live streamed.

Memes are one of the most complex and unique cultural elements of internet use. From dancing on TikTok to political posts on Facebook, information packaged as memes shapes both culture and opinion. In this talk, I’ll describe both the phenomena and research. Studies of memes have uncovered much about social systems on the internet. While often considered entertainment, I’ll also cover the darker side of memes in advertising, politics, and cultural warfare.

Eytan Adar is an Associate Professor of Information and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. Prof. Adar works in human computer interaction. Using artificial intelligence and data mining approaches his group studies large scale internet phenomena and builds new tools for end-users. He worked for a number of years at HP labs and Xerox PARC (spinning out a personalized search company called Outride somewhere in there). His website is at

This is the last of a six-lecture series. The subject of the series is Graphic Books and Memes. A new series will start April 15, 2021. The topic is: Central America: Coffee to Caravans. Learn from well-known experts about an array of interesting subjects, with an interactive Q&A period following each lecture.

Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
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  • $10 day pass/$35 for the 6-lecture series

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