Word of Mouth
1:10 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Here's What's Awesome: Election Edition!

Today, it’s the election edition, and we’re going to be talking about some of our favorites memes, viral videos, and online trends of this presidential election cycle…it’s been a pretty endless one...

-So, let’s go back in time and talk about some of the early memes of this election…all the way back to the GOP primary…

On December 8th, two days after the release of “Strong” on Youtube, a Tumblr page titled “Rick Perry’s Unpopular Opinions” was created. The single topic blog featured animated gif versions of the ad along with superimposed text conveying humorous messages, further emphasizing the unpopularity of Perry’s stance on “don’t ask don’t tell” policy in the U.S. military.

then came the many, many Perry parodies…like this one from a web blogger named James Kotecki…


-Of course, Perry wasn’t alone in becoming the star of memes

-Let’s talk about web tools and memes created with that sense of cheeky-ness we associate with the internet, but how they can also use content to drive the political point…talk about the site “robo-romney.”

-Okay, so far the GOP has been on the receiving end of many of the more popular memes…what about the Romney campaign? Any of their memes gotten traction?

-And then the debates…they got tremendous ratings on television, but also were some of the most tweeted events in the history of the site…why did the debates in particular create so many memes?

-Okay, so here we are, at the finish line in this race…the big October surprise of course was the devastation caused by hurricane sandy…has that influenced what’s trending right now?

-And, of course, any meme that points to how tired we all are of the election…

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