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Otters And Orcas, Unite! The Age Of "Animal Resistance" Is Upon Us

Memes about animal resistance are everywhere — here’s why you shouldn’t laugh off rebellious orcas and sea otters too quickly

Memes galore centered on the “orca revolution” have inundated the online realm. They gleefully depict orcas launching attacks on boats in the Strait of Gibraltar and off the Shetland coast.

One particularly ingenious image showcases an orca posed as a sickle crossed with a hammer. The cheeky caption reads, “Eat the rich,” a nod to the orcas’ penchant for sinking lavish yachts.

A surfboard-snatching sea otter in Santa Cruz, California has also claimed the media spotlight. Headlines dub her an “adorable outlaw” “at large.” Memes conjure her in a beret like the one donned by socialist revolutionary Ché Guevara. In one caption, she proclaims, “Accept our existence or expect resistance … an otter world is possible.”

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Prigozhin Met Putin, Biden In UK, Floods Everywhere

👋 Pialli!*

Welcome to Monday, where the Kremlin confirms Wagner leader Prigozhin met with Putin after the failed mutiny, Joe Biden is in the UK ahead of the NATO Summit in Vilnius and major flooding has been reported from New Delhi to New York, Spain to Japan to Russia. Meanwhile, in Argentine daily Clarín, Jasmine Bazan asks if memes are subjected to copyright laws.

[*Nahuatl, Mexico]

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Who Owns That Meme? The Answer Is All Over The Internet

A look into how copyright laws may or may not be applicable to memes, which normally use an existing image without any consent. The question is a reminder of how the Internet has changed the basics of communication and commerce.


BUENOS AIRES — The meme — a composite picture or joke sent out online — is typically meant to be funny, but can also be seen as a particularly modern and sometimes powerful form of communication. At their best, memes ingeniously sum up an event, a life situation or predicament, breaking down perception barriers with minimal explanations, thanks to the creator's wit.

The meme idea emerged in the scientific world — and not as a joke — and its dynamics may yet deserve a scientific study. Why do some go viral while the vast majority simply disappear? There is certainly little organization in the distribution and evolution of memes, which thrive not on word-of-mouth but on clicks.

But there is another question that is no less important: are memes subject to laws, such as intellectual property or personal image rights?

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Zelensky, Global Icon: Memes, Magazine Covers And What It Really Means

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has instantly become an international icon of courage in the fight for freedom. This sudden fame is as much a proof of how much is at stake in Ukraine as any one man's power — and Zelensky is the first to know his limits.

“I need ammunition, not a ride..."

It was just one of many phrases, perhaps the most Hollywood among them, that have turned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into an international icon. Indeed, it only took a few hours before t-shirts printed with these words — uttered in response to the U.S. offer to evacuate him to safety — and the yellow-and-blue flag were being sold on Amazon for $19.95.

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With such instant global passion around him, one could almost forget that the comedian-turned-president had often looked overmatched to the eyes of the world, from his election in 2019 to his bit part in the Donald Trump impeachment saga, up until the hours before threat of a Russian invasion became real.

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Public Sector Trolls? 7 "Institutional" Social Media Accounts That Let It Rip

The Ukraine government’s official Twitter account is using memes and GIFs to poke Moscow and draw attention to the risk of a Russian invasion. It is one of just a few institutional accounts that has decided not to be careful

From good humor to hate speech, you can find just about anything on social media. And it’s not just entertainers, or the anonymously angry: Our would-be public servants of the world have long since jumped into the fray, with provocateur presidents from Donald Trump to Jair Bolsonaro to Rodrigo Duterte.

But Twitter and Facebook and Instagram are also full of plenty of painfully careful (though sometimes very useful) accounts of public institutions, from offices of the prime minister to national weather services to local police stations.

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