If you love memes and find them utterly fascinating…look no further: Indiana University studies memes. No joke. Nearly $1 million is going to meme research. Indiana University has a program in place to study suspicious memes and false and/or misleading ideas. Why is this program even in place? You can thank the US government for that.
The federal government is creating what is termed as the “Truthy” database. This database’s purpose is to undercover lies, political lies and misinformation on Twitter by analyzing various meme and joke constructs. Indiana University received the meme grant from the National Science Foundation The grant states that “Truthy … [will] detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation and other social pollution. The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly.”
This type of information will assist in separating the truth from the trolls. It is all in good faith but damn, $1 million for memes? When’s the next round of funding coming around? Let’s all sign up to study memes because that would be the best job in the world. Seriously. Pull out the LolCats and the lot. MEMES to the rescue!
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