Monthly meme: memes in despair
March 27, 2017
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The meme world is as dynamic and complex as the many people who create it. Like the stock market, meme culture experiences ups and downs depending on the quality of content circulating. Since our last issue, many memes have come to fame; however, few have reached the level of greatness that other memes such as Kermit the Frog have achieved previously. Since we had just experienced a meme golden age from the previous election, this meme drought was expected. Although expected, I was not prepared for the emotional trauma I’ve received from the lack of relatable and humorous content in the interweb. Instead of picking one of the few minuscule memes that has surfaced in the past weeks and creating a mediocre analysis, I have chosen to take a look back into the worst memes and look into what makes them so disgusting.
The first meme I will take on is “wot in tarnation” (see below). This meme had stated to take traction about a month ago through a famous picture of a dog wearing cowboy hat with the classic phrase of “wot in tarnation.” Although this was a promising beginning, this meme would only go downhill. With variations such as “wot in obamanation” or “wot in autonation,” this meme has taken a dark turn into an unoriginal template for sub-par memers to take advantage of. These inadequate memes still circulate the internet, though, riding off the fame and glory of the original dog version. It seems that people are just looking up words that end in “-tion” and plugging them into this worthless meme. This meme not only promotes unoriginal content and stifled creativity, but it harms the meme culture that the youth so desperately relies on.
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The next meme I will report on is the Italian hand (see top). Although Italian memes have risen to fame this year, this variation of its successful form has surfaced in the past weeks and has fallen to the depths of internet waste faster than “cash me outside”. All of the Italian hand memes seem to feed off of one premise: anything associated with a hand with all the fingertips together is Italian. This has created yet another unoriginal method for forming “jokes” that are more racist than clever. With horrid versions such as “I pet my dog in Italian” or “My feet are Italian,” it is clear that this meme has flooded the interweb with feeble content. It seems that anyone can place an Italian hand in any situation and label it as a meme. This would make Pepe the frog roll over in his cyber grave.
Although we are experiencing a low in the meme market, I stay optimistic that this cycle will produce another productive meme era in the upcoming weeks.