When Do Memes Stop Being Funny? – PBS Idea Channel

Brady from the PBS Idea Channel takes a deep look at memes. Why we have then, where they came from, and more importantly, why they die so fast.

Old meme is old. But why is this such a bad thing? Once the height of internetiness, the sight of a LOLCat now is unforgivable. Memes become passé crazy fast: after just months or even WEEKS of a new meme, we tire of the once hugely popular. Why does this happen, and happen so QUICKLY? Is it a reflection of the sheer volume of visual information we absorb from the internet? Or does it say something about this specific visual culture? Watch the episode and find out!

Is the internet over them? I hope not!

Business Baby, It’s A Meme Now

The newest meme hitting the net right now is Business Baby and it’s spreading like wildfire.

A few days ago a Redditor posted a picture of his friend’s toddler sitting at a table playing with a toy phone while eating breakfast. Another user turned it into a macro and reposted it with captions and the title of “No Bullshit Business Baby”. Other users started adding their own and the rest is how new memes are born. The meme has already jumped from Imgur to other meme generating sites and is only increasing in popularity. We’re calling it, this baby meme (pun intended) is official.

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Go Home, You’re Drunk

Let’s take time to focus on an up and coming meme, “Go Home, You Are Drunk”.

From the fine folks at Know Your Meme:

“Go Home, You Are Drunk” is an expression used to point out someone else’s failure or misplaced objects, similar to other well-known dismissive statements like You’re Doing It Wrong and Buzzkilling. The phrase is typically featured in image macros in which the subject is performing a task incorrectly or found in an out-of-place position.

Thanks to hurricane Sandy and a few other unfortunate events recently, we’ve managed to make a whole new batch of these:

go home you're drunk meme
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“Eastwooding”, Yeah, It’s A Meme Now

We live in a strange time. One night an old man has a a break down on global TV and within the hour, it’s a meme. Of everything that happened at the RNC this week the thing that seems to be getting the most buzz is Clint Eastwood’s conversation with a chair that many saw as a sign of senility. By this morning “eastwooding” was making gaining traction. We were hoping it would die off but no, it looks like the internet gods have given this the greenlight and eastwooding is the new hotness. The act of eastwooding is simple, yell at a chair and take a picture. Look on the bright side, at least we’re not Batmaning anymore.


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