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Who needs Wikipedia when you have a GIF?

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On January 18,2012 thousands of websites had a service blackout in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) being discussed in Congress. Matthew Inman, a cartoonist who runs the popular website The Oatmeal (, included in his blackout message a humorous animated gif explaining the implications of SOPA. The gif provided such a clear and illustrative explanation of the issue that many national news services featured it in their reporting on the service blackout.

For this assignment, create your own animated gif explaining a social or political issue (preferably in a humorous way, because aren't gifs always better when they're funny?). You can keep it simple - we aren't all professional cartoonists after all. You can view my own attempt at this assignment here:

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Who Needs Wikipedia When You Have A GIF?

yayyyyy I made a GIF

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Broccoli … and an assignment proposal

Okay, so I have this awesome map of the results of the 1988 presidential election:
It breaks down the popular votes by county, with an inset map showing the electoral votes break down. And there are two small charts, one showing the total number of poplar votes and the other…

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