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Internet memes sprout around Occupy movement


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Occupy movement has spawned not only global protests, but a number of Internet memes that take a much more playful approach to the mission of the so-called 99 percent.

The memes highlight the dual nature of the Internet to an American protest movement. Though the Internet is an essential tool for amplifying a message, it inevitably leads toward frivolity and parody.

Earlier this week, the University of California, Davis, police officer who casually swept a line of campus protesters with pepper spray became a viral sensation.

The officer's image has been superimposed onto countless other scenarios, including the Last Supper and "The Lord of the Rings."

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