Political Memes: The Rise of the Political Meme in Politics Today

Political memes are being deployed to share opinions, similar to how editorial cartoons were used in the past – but with one important difference.

Political memes are a way to broadcast opinions on social media channels, often with a dose of sly humor. They are, in the words of one expert, “the people’s editorial cartoons.” As election season heats up, they’re being weaponized by the left and the right to score political blows, sometimes below the belt.

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