Tiananmen Square Protesters Slip Memes Through China’s Web Censors
Memes aren’t just used to spread laughs on the Internet anymore. Ranging from the silly to just plain weird, memes — the pastime for jokers and Photoshoppers alike to share a giggle — have evolved into a form of social media activism for bloggers in China. As Chinese censors toughened up, bloggers have found creative ways to memorialize the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. The iconic image of the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” became a jumping-off point for protesters to create memes that could slip past government officials who are looking to silence online conversation. One easy trick: They dubbed the anniversary “May 35th” in place of “June 4th” to throw off censors.
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