In a context of crisis in which governments impose austerity and gravity, the political power of humour gains importance. The internet and memes embody a new means of support, through which democratic communication is disconnected from a specific speaker. ‘Can Jokes Bring Down Governments’ is a book written by Metahaven, a Dutch design studio which specialises in aesthetics and politics. Through it, they explore new communicational languages and their possibilities to transform society.

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