Memes as discursive weapons.
Commenters responding derogatorily to others in the thread, using memetic images to carry the message.


Meme-based weaponization.

Key to shitposting is the assumption that it derails active discussion, and sends threads off-topic through low-quality posting, often using inflammatory, (ironically) falsifiable, provocative, or vulgar content.

Shitposting is about misbehaviour, about not following previously established rules of discourse and discussion. Shitposting recently came to mainstream media attention with the work of "Trump trolls" who attempted to derail discourse in order to sway the election to favour Trump.