How did lolcats change the world? Decoding the cultural impact of the meme.

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It might not feel like you’re doing anything significant when you share that Baby Yoda sipping tea meme, but you’re part of a cultural revolution. Memes are changing the way we communicate. Why do we love them?

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Digital culture expert Richard Clay meets modern meme designers, Tumblr’s meme librarian, and a liberal troll, to decode how memes give us a voice, but are also being used to silence us.

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