Memes, near-memes, and the Wall Street Journal

If you’re a converged communicator in DIG3286 (Assembling Digital Media), you might be wondering: Does the Wall Street Journal actually get involved with memes? Then again, you might not. It might seem out of character, but the Journal has indeed been involved in the creation of a highly popular Web theme with several meme-like traits during the last week-plus of the Sochi Olympics. It’s called the Putin-O-Meter, and if you’ve been tracking the paper’s Olympic coverage – and even if you haven’t – you’ve probably seen it several times.

In essence, this meme is simple. The @WSJSports Twitter account posts a photo of Russian president Vladimir Putin, with a scale below ranging from “displeased” to “pleased.” Then, below the photo is a description of his supposed current emotional state, along with a reaction to real-time Olympic occurrences. Among the highlights:

ELATED: A gold and silver in pairs skating  4:39 pm on Feb 12th, 2014 (after Russians finish 1-2 in the pairs figure skating event)

PERPLEXED: Disallowed goal? Shootout loss!? 10:30 am on Feb 15th (immediately after the Russia-USA hockey game, won by the U.S. in a shootout)

LIVID: That referee was an American!!?!?! 4:31 pm on Feb 15th, 2014  (in response to a potential game-winning Russian goal in hockey against the U.S. being disallowed on a disputed ruling)

Obviously, this is a humorous Internet theme. It touches on the immense national pride connected to the Olympics in Russia as well as the extensive attention that Putin has personally paid to the competition, being present at many of the events.

And for converged communicators who are also taking MMC3200 (Law and Ethics in Communication), it’s worth noting another thing. If this kind of satirical content was produced by a Russian news outlet rather than an American one, the Russian government might be far less amused than American readers are. The First Amendment gives Americans many freedoms – including freedoms related to communications – that are distant dreams for many in today’s Russia.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Campus Voice

The official student newspaper of Florida State College at Jacksonville

Fork, Spoon & Knife

Three Different Plates

Runners Rock

Run Longer, Run Faster, Train Harder...Challenge Yourself and Get Stronger!

~ AROUND HERE ~

A way of discovering excitement on Florida's First Coast

The River City Diet

Jacksonville's Hop on the Health Food Wagon

The Revamping Of Downtown Jacksonville

A Jacksonvillian talking about Downtown Jax.

watsjm2

A fine WordPress.com site

Traveling Hunger

An Exploration of Food Trucks

Follow the Felines.

a semi-newbie to the blogging world attempting to be a voice for the voiceless.

Sumaira Rajpoot

Love all, trust few, do wrong to none.

Jaxpitals

Informing Jacksonville, Florida of health related news.

Rachel Taylor

Oh the places we'll go

Shine04

904 Shines

Bellflower's Insight

Blogging for digital media

hbilings

digital media

Rose Francois

Creating to spark minds

Glenn! The Great Communicator...?

[ Insert Clever Title Here ]

RTLang

Assembling Digital Media Class Blog

Amy's Journey

The Road to Communication Excellance

Assembling Digital Media - Spring 2014

part of the FSCJ Converged Communication baccalaureate program

River City Communicator

Going step by step through the world of Converged Communications

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: