Memes mercilessly mock media

What has happened this week with the Time magazine cover is one of the reasons why the European Union is trying to ban memes by censoring the internet. Quote:

A new EU law could change the online world forever by effectively banning memes, remixes and other content which incorporates copyrighted material. The rules are contained in Article 13 of the Copyright Directive and are controversial because they demand platforms ‘take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rights-holders for the use of their works’, meaning that large-scale censorship would be the only way of enforcing the law.

[…] You might think this law would be impossible to police, but in fact, it could be relatively easy. All platforms like Facebook or YouTube need to do is automatically scan all uploaded content to see if it breaks copyright law or contains banned hate speech – and then pull it down. End of quote.

We use memes on Whaleoil and mock political figures and issues using photoshop. Political cartoonists have been doing that job for over a hundred years. Now, thanks to social media and the internet, one person’s meme can go worldwide in a matter of minutes.

The media has never before been so vulnerable to mockery and criticism. When they make a mistake or tell a lie it can be exposed almost instantly in a world without censorship.

The Time magazine cover is a perfect example of this. Here is a collection of 15 Time cover memes currently circulating online.

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