First they came for the Youtube, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Youtuber.
Then they came for the video games, and I did not speak out— because I was not a gamer.
Then they came for the Tumblr, and I did not speak out—because I was not a 13-year-old girl.
Then they came for memes—and there was no one left to meme for me.
This week the EU parliament passed article 13. The Directive of the European Parliament And Of The Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market is a way for content creators and musicians to have stronger support in making sure they get paid for their content. Which is a good thing. Lawmakers for the EU urged the internet that memes would be exempt from such copyright law, but big tech has to create bots and algorithms to discern what is a meme and what isn't a meme and that will probably not go over smoothly. Not a good thing.
Article 13 is the Order 66 of internet culture and sharing as we know it. In a world slowing tearing itself apart at the seams, sharing memes was the only thing every side could relate too. The fear is that America could finish what EU started and the Empire could destroy the internet as we know it.
People all across the world opposed Article 13 for it's vague and indiscriminate language, leaving lots of room for media companies to shut down anything they deem to be illegal and we all know how well that works for Youtube. News flash, it doesn't.
So now what? Well, you better start printing out memes and putting them in binder to show you and you friends as you hide from the meme police because that's where we are headed. So start watching Doomsday Preppers and follow their lead, start hoarding and build yourself a bunker and fill it with memes and probably some water just to be safe. Let's be honest, Mountain Dew.