They may be the communication form of choice for many digital natives, but do young people recognise the civic power of memes and hashtags? Canvas8 spoke to Dr. Paul Mihailidis to learn how teens relate to these online ecosystems and the impact of digital interventions on their attitudes.
As the world went into lockdown in spring 2020, people were looking for interactive ways to stay connected and inject some fun into the weekly Zoom call. Jackbox Games is keeping friend and family catch-ups lively with a suite of multiplayer games that can be enjoyed remotely.
In 2020, the boundaries between IRL and virtual life became blurrier as people adapted their social lives to digital channels. In Myanmar, digital communication has transcended social media, with young protesters using memes and internet humour to communicate their cause to a global audience.
With their graduations being conducted over Zoom, job hunts on hold, and socializing restricted, Gen Zers are in something of a life limbo. In this context, humorous and absurdist meme culture is connecting them with one another, giving them an outlet for processing anxieties around the pandemic.
TikTok may be best known for its viral challenges and surreal skits, but the social media app is evolving into much more than a platform for comedy. How are Gen Zers using this digital channel to educate and inspire their peers? And how are their online communities impacting their offline lives?