FutureStarr

Nairaland politics

Nairaland politics

Nairaland

Nairaland is a popular African website, which features news from both Nigeria and the world. But it didn’t start as a source of news. In fact, it launched as a default landingpage for Nigeria-made content. The website began as a way for Nigerians to share their side of stories, fight rumors, and shed light on social issues over the airwaves over the internet.

WORLD

5Internet meme pictures, as used in this discussion, are the image macros and photo insertions/edits reproduced on the Internet for mimicry, humour, satire, caricature, social commentaries or entertainment. An “image macro” is a term that describes “captioned images that typically consists of a picture and a witty message or catchphrase, used on discussion forums and image boards to convey feelings and reactions,”4 and “photo insertions/edits” describe the insertions/edits that involve the manipulations and alterations of photo images for additional effects.5 In accordance with Wang and Wen (2015: 355), the success of these kinds of memes lies in the combination of an image and a witty, catchy, or sarcastic sentence, and then “goes viral” on the Internet, circulating from friends to friends, colleagues to colleagues, and families to families. In this sense therefore, the success of mutation and replication includes the visual attractiveness of the combination of the images and inscriptions that make up these meme pictures. Internet memes are, however, generally described as creative media constructs and units of information that replicate on the Internet ashyper-links, videos, images or catchphrases (Castaño 2013: 96; Juza 2013: 1). Embedded within these meme pictures are usually ideologies that are representative of real societal events and experiences. Kuipers (2005: 75-76) refers to them as comments on societal events and Huntington (2013: 3) describes them as symbolic, persuasive texts that often rely on larger sociocultural contexts for the derivation(s) of their meaning. According to Kozinets (2010: 1), such meme usage has been made possible by a blend of the social worlds of the Internet and the physical space that cause computer technologies and its practices to become natural alternatives for engaging and depicting human and societal systems. This has consequently enabled the use of memes in sociopolitical negotiations within online discussions such as the engagements on Nairaland during Nigeria’s 2015 electioneering. (Source: journals.openedition.org)

So much happen in Nigeria, Africa and the world on the daily. Nairaland Forum provides a platform to share and discuss these events to the very detail in various As of April 2020, Nairaland ranks as the 788th-most-visited website in the world and 6th most-visited website in Nigeria, according to Alexa Internet, with 83.0% of its user base coming from Nigeria, followed by the United States at 4.3% and India at 3.8%. It is the second-most visited local website, next to online bookmaker Bet9jaWorld | Sports | Technology | Entertainment | Business | Politics | Tribune | Leadership | National Mirror | BusinessDay | More Channels... (Source:. (Source:sections. (Source:FIFA To Test Automatic Offside Technology Next Week in Preparation for Qatar WCategories Today: World | Sports | Technology | Entertainment | Business | Politics | Columns | All Headlines Today (Source:orld Cup - Slashdot

Estimates are based on traffic patterns across millions of web users throughout the world, and use data normalization to correct for biases. (Source: www.alexa.com Estimates are based on traffic patterns across millions of web users throughout the world, and use data normalization to correct for biases. (Source:www.alexa.com estimates are based on traffic patterns across millions of web users throughout the world, and use data normalization to correct for biases. (Source:ww.alexa.com wwEstimates are based on traffic patterns across millions of web users throughout the world, and use data normalization to correct for biases. (Source:w.alexa.com))))

USE

12Figures 4.110 and 4.211 show gmb and gej as powerful, armed-to the-teeth, fighters. In figure 4.1, gej’s face has been manipulated into the image of a gun-totting action anti-hero, a movie star, the composition much like a billboard poster with inscriptions in his favour affixed into the picture like advertising using critic’s reviews to market the film. In figure 4.2, gmb’s face has similarly been manipulated, but here into an image of a superhero warrior dressed in Nigerian colours and symbols, boasting a great protective shield. This plate thus attributes strength, bravery and the power to protect to the pdp/gej, apc/gmb teams. Within the discussions where these memes appear, gej is wielded as the “ultimate warrior” and gmb as “the agent for change.” (Source: journals.openedition.org)

 

Related Articles