If you spend any time on the internet at all, you’ve encountered “memes,” and probably even looked at a few of them. These zany pictures with words on them were originally designed to make us laugh, think, or even give us boners. But recently, they have also become a propaganda tool used by foreign governments to joke their way into the hearts of American web addicts.
In recent months you may have seen memes generated by Chinese “humor bots,” which use sophisticated algorithms to create jokes and pictures that subtly ridicule American culture and issue subliminal messages about the value of the Chinese system of government and way of life.
This week, the Intergalactic Business Report exposes some of the more insidious memes that are dominating the internet. If you see any of these, beware not to fall for their charms.