Viral lesbians

geopolitical uses of digital meme worship and sharing

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Abstract

Many memes on the Coronavirus are circulating the internet. Trump’s misinformation, including his recommendation to explore injecting or drinking disinfectants, might seem the worst virus-related memes being copy-pasted and shared in 2020. Or perhaps his advice to take untested drugs his family has financial ties to … However, far more sinister viral virus disinformation memes are in distribution. Of those, the ones explored in this article are more subtle and effective. They are aimed at larger goals than simply lining Trump family pockets, including attempts at disrupting global orders for cyberwar related functions. Viruses are being anthropomorphised—attributed human-like forms and traits—to spread geopolitical conspiracy theories on social media. As is often the case, highly sexualised LGBTIQ+ identities are being exploited to help make these memes spread faster, and to ensure they more deeply penetrate the collective psyche. This article considers the new phenomenon of the ‘viral lesbian virus waifu’, and her use in cyberwarfare, alongside the need for a homotransnationalist analytic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBent street 4.1: Australian LGBTIQA+ art, writing & ideas
Subtitle of host publicationlove from a distance: intimacy and technology in time of COVID-19
EditorsTiffany Jones, Jennifer Power, Henry von Doussa, Timothy W. Jones
Place of PublicationMelbourne
Chapter11
Pages101-113
Number of pages13
Volume4
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780648746942
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameBent street
Number4.1
ISSN (Print)2652-659X
ISSN (Electronic)2652-6581

Keywords

  • LGBTIQ
  • LGBT
  • lesbian
  • propaganda
  • meme
  • viral
  • digital
  • online
  • media
  • social
  • social media
  • geopolitics
  • sociology
  • homonationalism
  • homotransnationalism

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