RND/ In which you consider the death of memes, and the possibility that memes themselves are a living death:
First, a dead Reddit Metric graph from R/MemeHate. Note the deafening apathy this graph generated – probably because it wasn’t nearly ‘memetic’ enough, ie. generate Instant LOLS. Almost as though anything that does not ‘amuse us to death’ in under a second confounds and frightens us. The use of memes comes across like nervous laughter while walking by the graveyard at night. ‘Laugh’ like the joker – without pause – or die; this seems the pseudo-choice offered by the modern net. Apparently it’s cat gifs forever or the infinite sucking void. No time to think – quick, continue to meme!
And now a conceptual ‘dead meme’ image. In this case, one expressing the notion that memes, and-or their use are the functional equivalent of ‘trucknuts for the mind’. That is, a useless appendage in plastic or brass, proactively slung just under the roof of one’s empty redneck monster truck of a skull ‘for teh (/apparent) lulz’ where they swing (in silent darkness) in everyone’s face, loudly proclaiming that ‘I am my mom’s favorite little fucknard’. A non-thought you can almost smell..
In which it might be a good idea to occasionally explain things you want to say in long hand, rather than instantly resorting to Image Macros for miscommunication, ie. ‘dumb text slapped over an ugly image’. A ‘Slow Internet’ is what we need. Wait – are memes even still a thing?
Note on definitions: “The ‘lol’ is the smallest scientifically measurable unit of (/in)human stupidity.” Oh, and BTW Fuck Richard Dawkins.
- Resisting the saccharine symbolic joy of orange and stem ginger cat themed mini cakes
- Research Gate: Laughing across borders: Intertextuality of internet memes
- Genius lyrics: Memes Are Stupid by MC Frontalot
- r/Negareddit: Memes are stupid
- William M. Briggs – Why Memes Are Stupid: The Short Version
// how to play big science