Over*Flow: “It’s not dark humor if it’s not your trauma – you’re just bad people”: The exploitative nature of TikTok meme cultures
Moa Eriksson Krutrök / UmeA University, Sweden

Moa Eriksson Krutrök explores the ways social media like TikTok can offer individuals social support to process grief and trauma. Unfortunately, meme culture can radically recontextualize the personal and exploit already vulnerable people.

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Over*Flow: Watchmen Walked So That Lovecraft Country Could Run: The Jordan Peele Effect on TV’s New Black Sci-fi
Tia Alphonse / University of Missouri

In tracing a variety of fan reactions to the critically acclaimed shows Watchmen and Lovecraft Country, Tia Alphonse illustrates how the representational and historiographic work of these programs offer exciting new directions for Black content as not only profitable to Black producers and actors, but as culturally transformative forces for a generation starved of authentic Black portrayals.

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