With Professor Johannes von Moltke from the University of Michigan, German Professor Johanna Schuster-Craig has published “Like: Memetic Analogies in Social Media” in the online journal Geschichte der Gegenwart.
Memes circulating on the net articulate simple comparisons with political intent, for example as an analogy between the USA today and “Weimar” back then, or between German and American coming to terms with the past. But as catchy as such analogies are, they also hide a lot of contexts.
Analogies are in. Memes, podcasts, op-ed pieces and scholarly debates compare Trump to Hitler or Mussolini. Trump, in turn, trades in false moral equivalencies, seeing “very fine people on both sides” of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. Politicians reference Nazi concentration camps to describe ICE detention on the US Southern Border. To this, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum strenuously objects on the grounds that the Holocaust was unique and incomparable, while ICE itself unwittingly proves the point in its own attempts to deny the fascism analogy (“We’re not Nazis. We’re just following orders”). …
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