How do you share important ideas in the digital world? This Educast installment examines the relationship between text and image and how you can use humor to make a point on issues that matter.

With all the news, information, videos and websites out there, it’s kind of amazing how powerful and popular Simple text/image combinations can be. We all see, share, and experience them online everyday.

A common term for these kinds of text/image combinations is ‘memes.’ A previous Educast video explores memes and shows you how to make your own. What we’re interested in in this video is thinking specifically about different strategies for making important points using text, image and humor.

Check out the video below and then get inspired to go out and make some brilliant hilarity of your own.

How to Create Funny Memes About Issues That Matter 18 February,2015Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

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Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

Gabriel Peters-Lazaro researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. He is the media design lead and an instructor in the Media Arts + Practice Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project and is currently working to develop participatory media resources and curricula to support new forms of civic education and engagement for young people. In 2009, he helped create The Junior AV Club, an ongoing project that explores mindful media making and sharing as powerful practices of early childhood learning. As instructor of IML 500 – Digital Media Tools and Tactics, he helps graduate students from across the University harness the powers of video and new media as research tools to support their scholarly pursuits. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts + Practice. He is also an avid surfer.

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