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The EU politicians, the became the Meme

politicians enviable people are rare. But sometimes it comes so thick that it would almost have to pity them. Axel Voss is currently in such a Situation – he is not, however, entirely innocent of it. An escalation in three acts.

In the Internet community, the EU-scheduled upload of filters are currently the topic of the hour. These are part of a Revision of the copyright law – it's supposed to wear, so the idea of the technological development and the contemporary enforcement of Rights in the age of the Internet guarantee.

critics of the controversial article 13, by contrast, fear that the new regulations as a hindrance of any creative expression on the net and the Web as we know it, destroyed. No funny pictures, no Memes, no remixes, no Mashups. Word of the leader of the opponents of the Reform, the MEP Julia Reda (pirate party) and Tiemo Wölken (SPD).

On the opposite side is Axel Voss. He is, as Reda and Wölken German, and the CDU is part of the EPP group in the European Parliament. As Rapporteur, he is the new copyright law and, of course, to be targeted by the upload filter-opponent.

act One

On the one hand, the young, idealistic, well-informed and networked activists, on the other hand, the bourgeois politicians of older generation in Tie and suit – such a disparate constellation of the Drama demands. Here are just two completely contradictory points of view do not meet, but to politicize as well as two different types. To do with dry arguments, and the rock-solid Conviction that it is the Right thing and to know it better; here passion for the built up culture, and as a secret weapon: Humor.

Because Voss is a politician's politician, he does what full-blood politicians do: He speaks with the press about his concerns. The doom of the interview with the magazine "Vice is him". There, he claims that Google has a separate section for Memes – this funny Internet-Bildli, a combination of photo and Text, have become a private humorous Genre on the net. This was the best proof that Google can recognize parodies – that Algorithms are unable to distinguish between the Original and the legitimate fake, is one of the great fears of the critics of upload filters.

In the case of Google, there is, in fact, all sorts of headings: images, News, Maps, Videos and so on. But, unfortunately, not for Memes. For his opponents, this is proof: The Rapporteur is digitally incompetent. In the network, the Memes, it is clear what comes next:!

act Two

"Not so fast!" turns on the group of the CDU/CSU in the European Parliament via Twitter: "We would like to pour a little Oil into the fire." And helps the political parties to Wölken in search of the ominous Meme section.

The joke, and that is why it is fuel to the fire: The Meme Button on the Voss’ group refers to, is a filter feature in Google images and not a separate section. Quibble? Maybe, but for the opponents of the upload filter is now definitively clear that Voss has no idea that his party also. The supposed to help backfires, and now the Memes are coming.

act Three

Not 48 hours after the publication of the interview with "Vice" makes on Twitter, the Hashtag #Axel surfs the round. With it, the Europe-'re a politician and his supposedly non-existent Digital skills.

(If you are actually a Pop-up: don't Click it!)

do you Remember Clippy or Karl brace, as he was called in German? The wise wizard bugged Office users over the years.

Such invitations were Word type in Microsoft's word processing program Word create.

of Course, the satirical magazine "postilion was" no slouch.

And Axel Voss? Had interview yesterday during a three-quarters hour of "ZDF heute Plus", where he was also the questions and concerns of netizens. The vortex its Meme-statement and #Axel surfs, he says there is only so much: Some of it get him to Smile, attacks against his Person, he did not want to accept. On Twitter and Facebook, he has remained silent so far. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 22.03.2019, 16:36 PM

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