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Memes are finding their place in the Ukraine war

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Propaganda is not a new concept but the 21st Century is changing the way disinformation is shared

 
The use of propaganda has never been more prominent than in war.

Controlling the narratives and shaping people’s perceptions of the conflict are very important when it comes to managing any conflict.

From Hollywood’s production of wartime films to the rise of the internet, the so-called meme war is buried in conflict.

In Ukraine, research from the Brookings Institution found the use of memes surged during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Dr Paul Lushenko is a U.S. Army Lieutenant, who said a meme is something that achieves three important criteria.

“First it’s relatively simple. Second, it grabs onto culture to include key formal or informal norms. Finally, these memes are relatively humorous or sarcastic to achieve what is known as ‘everyday resistance’ against oppressors,” he said.

The trends from Ukraine suggest the meme campaign is likely more informal or crowd-sourced than centralised among Ukrainian officials and leaders.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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