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Joanna Weiss

The humor vote

Internet jokes may be the thing that sways youth opinion

In the hours that have passed since Monday night’s debate, horses and bayonets have taken over the Internet. There is an @horsebayonette Twitter feed, several Tumblrs devoted to horse and bayonet jokes, and — I’m guessing here, but I’m probably right — a run on plastic bayonets for Halloween.

This is 2012, the year of the meme, when people simultaneously watch the debates and snark on Twitter — and when every week, another term seems to bubble into the lexicon and swirl around online. First we got “Etch A Sketch” and “you didn’t build that,” followed by “literally” and “47 percent,” “Big Bird,” and “binders full of women.”

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