Internet memes sprout around Occupy movement
NEW YORK (AP) — The Occupy movement has spawned not only global protests, but a number of Internet memes that take a much more playful approach to the mission of the so-called 99 percent.
The memes highlight the dual nature of the Internet to an American protest movement. Though the Internet is an essential tool for amplifying a message, it inevitably leads toward frivolity and parody.
Earlier this week, the University of California, Davis, police officer who casually swept a line of campus protesters with pepper spray became a viral sensation.
The officer's image has been superimposed onto countless other scenarios, including the Last Supper and "The Lord of the Rings."