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University Researchers Studying Religion in Internet Memes

Researchers at Texas A&M University have turned their attention to a very significant academic and scholarly pursuit: creating a paper called “Reading Religion in Internet Memes.” Of course, by “reading religion” they evidently mean “browsing low-brow one-liners posted on funny cat pictures.” An associate professor of communication at the school told The Houston Chronicle, “Memes require an interesting level of literacy. You need to understand visual images, have basic digital literacy, have a fluency in memes culture so you understand how different memes work.” Is it just us, or does that just sound like a high-minded way of saying, “Hey, look at this funny caption I put on this cat picture” …

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