Memes containing slurs such as “Chinazi” are divisive and need to stop. The danger is that memes can provoke such fears and divisions that people start to act based on riled-up emotion rather than fact. Photo: AP
Sean McMinn
Opinion

Opinion

Sean McMinn

How Hong Kong protest memes can spread hatred, racism and patent falsehoods

  • Memes work by oversimplification and appeal to raw emotion, they are provocative, incapable of complexities and, in Hong Kong’s case, serve to fan the fires that divide. Meme sharers should think twice

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Memes containing slurs such as “Chinazi” are divisive and need to stop. The danger is that memes can provoke such fears and divisions that people start to act based on riled-up emotion rather than fact. Photo: AP
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