Russia outlaws "misleading" internet memes
Even before we link to the article, let's make two points:
• When they say "Russia" outlaws something, they mean "Putin" outlawed it.
• Putin seems to think "meme" means "political cartoon". Putin doesn't like political cartoons of himself, because most of them portray him as the KGB goon that he really is. But, I digress.
Let's remind ourselves what a meme is, and then we can play along with what Putin thinks a meme is.
From the Urban Dictionary:
meme (noun) -
1 : an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media)
2 : a pervasive thought or thought pattern that replicates itself via cultural means; a parasitic code, a virus of the mind especially contagious to children and the impressionable
3 : the fundamental unit of information, analogous to the gene in emerging evolutionary theory of culture
- meme pool (n.) : all memes of a culture or individual
- memetic (adj.) : relating to memes
- memetics (n.) : the study of memes
4 : in blogspeak, an idea that is spread from blog to blog
5 : an internet information generator, especially of random or contentless information
Not a word there about political cartoons.
Anyway, without further ado, here is the article about the Russians having a pout over cartoons on the internet that make fun of Putin --- or other public figures (provided those other public figures are Putin's buddies).
Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal - The Washington Post
Putin likes some internet memes (aka political cartoons).
Putin and the Russian Meme Police have approved the following memes.
These memes may be posted on the internet, because they accurately portray actual historical events.