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Explainer: What are memes?

Nothing defines our use of the internet as clearly as the concept of the meme (pronounced “meem”). Every day, millions of people laugh at LOLcats, dog shaming, and music videos without music, while others mock injustice, support marriage equality, poke fun at NSA surveillance, or call out racism. Virally shared “nuggets of cultural currency” such […]

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No “fair”, no “share”: The Trans-Pacific Partnership IP Chapter Wordle

On the EFF’s Trans-Pacific Partnership page you can find a link to the leaked TPP draft IP chapter [pdf]. I made the Wordle above from the chapter. You’ll note that the words “fair” and “share”, and other synonyms that might indicate an interest in the free flow of ideas, do not appear in it. On the other […]

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Creativity Versus Copyright: Lessons From The Reddit Zombie Apocalypse

From January 1 – 14, a Reddit user named Vidzilla posted daily images of a zombie pandemic as depicted through screen shots of popular internet services. The lessons we can learn from the “Day” series creative gestalt are an excellent example of why technologists, educators, and the general public should fight for positive rights to fair […]

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