The memetic molester: creating and characterising the child sex abuser through digital humour and transgressive media through a close reading analysis of Pedobear

Lamont, B.R (2019) 'The memetic molester: creating and characterising the child sex abuser through digital humour and transgressive media through a close reading analysis of Pedobear.' First Monday, 24 (8). ISSN 1396-0466

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v24i8.9684

Abstract

The paper consists of an interdisciplinary close reading analysis of the 4chan character of Pedobear as an example of transgressive humour surrounding traumatic subjects in interactive online media. The character and its various applications, from simple knock-knock style jokes, pranks against an ignorant outsider public, countercultural consumption and even as an accusation of real-world abuse, are examined here. The close reading study locates the subject within a broader context of the insider currency of the shocking and taboo subject for white, masculinist, North American youth culture communities both online and off.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v24i8.9684
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2022 13:48
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2022 13:48
URI / Page ID: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/14614
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