Happy birthday to . . .

2008 November 18
by Josh Brown

Aged but unretired . . . and unretiring

Aged but unretired . . . and unretiring

Mickey Mouse! Today the ubiquitous rodent reaches the ripe age of eighty. Thanks to the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the omnivorous Disney corporation still retains exclusive ownership of its principal brand. The Guardian offers a lengthy visual essay that captures the many ways this figure has infiltrated myriad cultures and societies—but perhaps not with quite the imperialist effect suggested by the classic Ariel Dorfman/Armand Mattelart study, How to Read Donald Duck.

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