Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? Memes, Design and Politics, Metahaven
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Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? Memes, Design and Politics

Metahaven is an Amsterdam-based design collective specialising in politics and aesthetics. Founded by Daniel van der Velden and Vinca Kruk, Metahaven’s work reflects political and social issues through research-driven design, and design-driven research. In 2010, Metahaven published Uncorporate Identity, a design anthology for our dystopian age, with Lars Müller Publishers. Vinca Kruk teaches editorial design at ArtEZ Academy of Art and Design, Arnhem. Daniel van der Velden teaches design at Yale University, New Haven, and at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam.
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Politicians in Europe are more afraid of financial markets than of their own people.
In a pleasant combination of dispassionate rationality and raving madness,
Jokes are an active, living and mobile form of disobedience
And—to go a little bit further—is it possible that jokes have an untapped political power, which was historically always present but never so useful and necessary as now?
This essay is concerned with the disruption Fisher hints at in the closing remarks of Capitalist Realism. We will look for glimmers of such alternative realities, drawing on the resources of a graphic design dismissed from its former duties. The joke has the capacity to resist and overturn the frame of reference imposed by any political status quo—including that of capitalist realism. The joke has an untapped power to disrupt—a power far greater than we thought. On the internet, jokes may “scale” quickly and reach hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of people in the course of a few minutes, if they are contagious enough to catch on.
The joke has the capacity to resist and overturn the frame of reference imposed by any political status quo
A few hours later, I’m browsing the internet looking
The first internet memes, unsurprisingly, had never even heard of “graphic design.” Memes live by echo and imitation. They refute the dogma that everyone is creative. A
Zuckerman contends that it is inherently fruitful to embed messages of political activism within widely popular online platforms, so that subversive content can’t be easily isolated by authoritarians.
Ethan Zuckerman’s “Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism”
So, how might graphic designers contribute? The failure of corrupted political entities to properly represent anyone who mandated them to assume governing power is somewhat analogous to the crisis confronted by graphic designers in their eroding role as mediators and representatives of institutions.
In Capitalist Realism , Fisher offers a hopeful note. He predicts that a politics of fear enslaved by capital is vulnerable to even the slightest of ripples across its surface. Precisely because the system is made and maintained by technocratic control freaks, it is easily disrupted.
“Anonymous” is the name assigned to a poster who does not enter text in to the [Name] field. Anonymous is not a single person, but rather, represents the collective whole of 4chan. He is a god amongst men. Anonymous invented the moon, assassinated former President David Palmer, and is also harder than the hardest metal known to man: diamond. His power level is rumoured to be over nine thousand. He currently resides with his auntie and uncle in a town called Bel-Air (however, he is West Philadelphia born and raised). He does not forgive. 9
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