Online Culture Wars
The map Online Culture Wars is an overlay of hundreds of politicized memes, along with influential political figures and symbols. It is designed as a discussion starter, intended to visualize and contextualize the ongoing online culture wars, and some of the main political references, actors, and influencers.
One of the by-products of the online culture wars is the over-politicization of seemingly mundane products, practices and cultural elements such as memes on social media and forums. The characteristics and design of social media, and their ubiquitous presence, magnify the influence of numerous actors, encouraging a growing politicization, polarization and radicalization of online debates.
Memetic warfare is a competition over narrative, ideas, and social control in a social-media battlefield. Initiated spontaneously or organized by government intelligence departments or independent collectives, their effects have often transcended the online space.
This cartography created by the Disnovation.org collective offers a representation of online ideological and political frictions, integrated into the visual system of a Political Compass meme.
Disnovation.org is a Paris-based group of artists, with more than a decade of experience working at the intersections between contemporary art, research and piracy. They develop and create situations of disruption, speculation and debate questioning dominant techno-positivist ideologies and stimulating post-growth narratives. They have edited works such as The Pirate Book, an anthology of online piracy. Their research spans artistic, curatorial, and published work. In 2018 they received the Design Trust Grant to study shanzai culture in China. They have exhibited their work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Transmediale in Berlin, Museum of Art and Design in New York and FILE in Sao Paulo, among many others, and they have several publications in numerous international magazines such as Forbes, Die Zeit, Wired and Le Temps and online platforms such as Neural.it or torrentfreak.com.
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