Analyzing Memes

A 2018 study of college students’ news-reading habits found over 80 percent encountered political memes and considered them a valuable part of understanding the news. Have students choose a political or social meme and write an interpretation that contextualizes, interprets, and analyzes the rhetorical aspects of the meme.

A more ambitious project would be researching the history and spread of a meme using Know Your Meme as a model.