New York Magazine‘s critics on what the 2012 campaign has done to Internet humor:
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Barack Obama has been called “the first meme president” and certainly this has been a meme-filled election. But for all the analysis of whether reducing campaign events to viral online humor is good or bad for democracy (consensus: bad), less has been said about what politics is doing to a once-uncorrupted comedic device. Scott Brown, New York Magazine theater critic and occasional composer of funny songs, takes up that question with Daily Intel’s Dan Amira, Vulture’s Amanda Dobbins, and the Cut’s Maureen O’Connor.
Scott Brown: When Obama uttered his “horses and bayonets” zinger in the third debate, we all previsualized the blizzard of memes it would set off—it felt that rote. Have presidential sloganeering and campaign gaffes fatally infected the great American free-range meme? Is any of this crap even funny anymore?
Amanda Dobbins: Sure, memes can still be funny.