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Why I think internet meme's suck
« on: December 07, 2012, 09:22:15 PM »
I've made it known in the past that i don't tend to find the majority of the most popular internet memes to be all that funny. Truth is, I DO find them to be funny... but only once or twice. It's the viral nature of memes that ruin the joke for me.

Cracked recently did an article that mentioned this, and it kinda made me realize that at least I'm not alone in my general loathing of memes.

Picture this: You're at a bar one night and a drunken fool tells you one about a Rabbi, a Nun and a Prostitute. Pretty funny joke, all things considered.

Then you go to another bar the next night, and everybody in the bar is telling the joke to each other, repeatedly, putting various twists on it and even telling it with ironic subversions.

That would likely annoy almost anybody.

So why is it the total norm on the internet? Why are the people, like me, who opt to rarely, if ever, partake in perpetuating these memes, considering unusual and abnormal?

It's fucking annoying.

I totally get the humor in the vast majority of memes. They ARE funny... but the 10th time you've heard it, the 100th, or 1,000th, it's just regurgitated pop-culture nodding, much like an episode of Family Guy. You're not making a joke, you're saying "Remember that time when..." and everyone acts like it's still just so clever.

i will grant that when memes were much more clever and obscure in the earlier days of the internet, I was totally on board. But these days it seems that ANYTHING can and will become a meme, and thanks to the insane technology we have in our pockets, it spreads instantly.

10 years ago, "viral" meant you got a link in an e-mail, waited 10 minutes to download a 30 second, super grainy, super tiny video of a cat jumping into a ceiling fan.

Today, the teeniest humorous moment can be uploaded in seconds in full HD and shared across the entire planet in the blink of an eye.

Yes there's some comedic gold out there, but it over-saturates too quickly.

I remember when even A-R had it's own memes (also known as "inside jokes"), such as Broo Pony, IDB, sister fucker, etc. Those days seem to be gone, too, replaced by mainstream regurgitated memes that can be seen on pretty much any web site, anywhere. Especially Facebook.

Isn't anyone else getting tired of it? Does anyone else wish we could go back to making our OWN, unique jokes that DON'T end up spread across the entire internet?

Maybe I'm just old fashioned and stupid... but memes fucking annoy the ever loving constipated shit out of me.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2012, 09:23:52 PM by 00XJ »

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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012, 09:44:40 PM »
I have evolved past the need to be annoyed at Internet meme.
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Even though I sling memes around a great deal, I do agree the homogenous nature of many of them across the entire Internet is kinda annoying, it takes away from the "inside joke" nature of them that made individual forum or communities memes so funny.

But quit being a 16a about it :lol:
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2012, 12:04:32 PM »
I just ignore most of the things people say most of the time. It tends to work very well.


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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2012, 01:11:32 PM »
Fuck you, Mississippi Guy.

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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2012, 01:35:16 PM »
Fuck you, Mississippi Guy.
Yeah, see that and 16a are still funnier to me than most of the "bigger" memes floating around out there because that is OUR shit, not something from a *chan or Le Reddit (ugh talk about rehashed, reheated and forced Memes out the ass)
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012, 03:54:26 PM »
I still like a good Ginger Jared joke from time to time

I think the Sheep Fucker is my favorite modern-day one
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2012, 03:58:51 PM »
I still like a good Ginger Jared joke from time to time
Indeed, but thats not what Nick is talking about....he's talking about the rehased and reposted and forced shit you see on 4chan, Facebook, and Le Reddit. I blame shit like Knowyourmeme and 9gag for most of it, they don't generate OC, they just rape it to death. Also, Memes in real life....no...just...some of them work naturally into conversations (U Jelly bro, Do you even lift? etc) but most of the shit is soooooo awkward and cringe worthy...like I heard some dude make an "Arrow to the knee" joke IRL and it was so awkward and horrible and only like 3 people got the reference out of the group of about 7 of us sitting around bs'ing...we all just kind of exchanged "embarrassed for you" looks and changed the subject as Captain Retard was trying to explain WHY that is supposed to be funny.
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2012, 04:01:27 PM »
Oh, I'm aware.

I think the problem is that it's a bit harder for something here to achieve an in-joke status than it is for a place the size of a chan to make a WACKY and HILARIOUS Meymey!!!

like I heard some dude make an "Arrow to the knee" joke IRL

why didnt you kill him
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2012, 04:07:37 PM »
Too many witnesses :(
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2012, 04:10:42 PM »
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2012, 05:10:03 PM »
There is no way that memes will ever go away, they where going strong well before our time and will continue to flourish even after we are dirt. Folk tales and myths are still around today even though they where a very early example of meme. As the human population we have discovered a way to spread our ideas almost instantaneous through photos rather then sitting in front of a fire listening to a village elder who has changed the story over the years.
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2012, 05:13:04 PM »
No offense, dewman, but compared internet memes to folk tales and myths is absurd.

We look back on history and read some of the great folk tales of lost generations... I have a hard time entertaining the idea that in 100 years, school children will be studying lolcats and trollface.
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2012, 05:23:08 PM »
No offense, dewman, but compared internet memes to folk tales and myths is absurd.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme
He IS technically correct considering the actual definition of Meme, but yeah in a hundred years I doubt anyone is going to be comparing the Trollface to the Mona Lisa or some other iconic image.
« Last Edit: December 08, 2012, 05:36:51 PM by Meatywand »
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2012, 05:34:15 PM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme
He IS technically correct considering the actual definition of Meme, but yeah in a hundred years anyone is going to be comparing the Trollface to the Mona Lisa or some other iconic image.
I have spent too much time recently focused on Internet memes and meme theory....15 pages on it is due on the 12th.... Then i am done with grad school classes!! Except for my thesis/capstone.

What we see in 100 years will be based on us. Memes live by natural selection, without us liking them and using them on a daily basis they would die. With the Internet, memes just have the ability to evolve and mutate that once was never possible. So it is hard to say what will be memorable in 100 years.
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2012, 05:38:17 PM »
No offense, dewman, but compared internet memes to folk tales and myths is absurd.

We look back on history and read some of the great folk tales of lost generations... I have a hard time entertaining the idea that in 100 years, school children will be studying lolcats and trollface.

Absurd is a rant thread about them :lol:

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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2012, 05:39:55 PM »
Absurd is a rant thread about them :lol:
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2012, 05:51:16 PM »
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2012, 06:00:37 PM »
No offense, dewman, but compared internet memes to folk tales and myths is absurd.
Memes can be ideas, symbols or practices formed in diverse incarnations, such as melodies, catch-phrases, clothing fashion or architectural styles. While some memes are global, others are more culture specific, shaping collective actions and mindsets (Knobel and Lankshear, 2007)

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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2012, 06:04:49 PM »
I forgot pwnyxed...and it's on my jeep's plate haha

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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2012, 06:05:15 PM »
Memes can be ideas, symbols or practices formed in diverse incarnations, such as melodies, catch-phrases, clothing fashion or architectural styles. While some memes are global, others are more culture specific, shaping collective actions and mindsets (Knobel and Lankshear, 2007)

I said INTERNET memes

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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2012, 06:09:16 PM »
I said INTERNET memes
all those listed can be INTERNET memes
Melodies-Search Mashup on youtube
Catch Phrases-I can count to potato
Clothing fashion - Spread of steam punk or brony
.....

I'm seriously not trying to make anyone look like an ass here, i am just informing you.
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2012, 06:10:48 PM »
I said INTERNET memes
The internet is its own culture and/or community....Memes are a creation of cultures and communities...
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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2012, 06:13:59 PM »
Currently what i am reading:
An anatomy of a YouTube meme by Limor Shifman
http://nms.sagepub.com/content/14/2/187

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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2012, 06:22:15 PM »
Holy shit, Dewman :lol:


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Re: Why I think internet meme's suck
« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2012, 06:28:48 PM »
This dude takes his memes VERY seriously :lol:
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