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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.100

Intergeneratioanl Social Media Solidarity: Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Millennials


  • Juanita CRIDER

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U.S. Congresswoman, Maxine Waters is eighty years old and extremely popular among African American millennials. This solidarity is evident in how this generation uses Waters facial expressions, quotes, and anti-Trump public declarations as memes, gifs, avatars and Twitter handles. This project uses social media analytics to examine how millennials express and build comity via Twitter with Representative Waters. I argue that this digital kinship is a demonstration of an intergenerational call and response modality, which is a building block of African American rhetoric. Additionally I assert that millennials and Waters are co-creating transgenerational meaning, particularly as Waters publicly embraces how millennials engage her persona.