Tech for the Holidays

Confuse Your Grandma This Christmas By Giving Her One of These Internet Meme Gifts

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Back Friday, Cyber Monday and the entire month of December are right around the corner, which means it’s almost time to exhaust both your energy and your expendable income buying gifts.

Rather than choosing generic holiday presents like scarves, bathrobes and chocolate this holiday season, consider something a little more viral — we’re talking about memes. Read More

Lulz

Inside Look: Imgur Reveals Redesign, Announces Plans for a Convention

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Imgur is at a tipping point.

What began as a photo storage site for Reddit users has grown, in just five years, into a thriving community with almost twice as much traffic as its de facto parent site, raking in five billion pageviews a month.

But in tech, a proven model with great results isn’t always enough. The site debuted a redesign this morning. They’re also planning a slew of in-person events and a convention, all thanks to a recent injection of $40 million in VC funding. It’s clear that Imgur is striving to become a social media staple on the level of Instagram or Twitter. Read More

sxsw 2014

Unwilling Meme Nicolas Cage Says He’s ‘Not In the Social Media Realm’

Sheer brilliance. (Facebook)

Nicolas Cage, the man whose face launched a thousand memes, publicly addressed his Internet fame at a widely attended SXSW panel in the Austin Convention Center this morning.

Most of Mr. Cage’s conversation, which was led by Joe director David Gordon Green, focused on the renowned actor’s delightfully diverse film career. Thankfully, Mr. Cage also found time to talk a little about #tech. Read More

ALL YOUR MEME ARE BELONG TO US

Video: No One In NYC Can Explain WTF a Meme Is

Forget defining memes, the girl in the middle should be one. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Anybody with a Twitter or Facebook account is practically bathing in memes all day, whether they like it or not, so we all know a meme when we see it. But if this video is any indication, we have no idea how to explain it.

Comedy writer/director Alex J. Mann was inspired to shoot “What’s a Meme?” when the topic came up during a holiday meal. He was asked to explain what a meme is, and couldn’t do it. Read More

Planet Reddit

Love Is Dead: Non-Neckbeard Stanford Student Proposes to Girlfriend Over Reddit, Via Memes

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Patti Stanger, Chris Harrison and everybody else fighting valiantly to uphold the sanctity of the marriage proposal can just go quit their jobs now, because a dude just proposed to his girlfriend on Reddit. Via memes.

The horrific proposal was posted this morning by a user who goes by the name SirTechnocracy, so I suppose we shouldn’t be terribly surprised. Take a look at it here: Read More

Meme Studies

Beloved Meme ‘Ikea Monkey’ Embroiled in Nasty Custody Battle

(Photo: Instagram)

Darwin the Japanese macaque, better known as “Ikea Monkey,” is caught in the middle of a vicious custody battle, according to The Telegraph. Darwin rose to fame when a Twitter user tweeted a picture of him wearing a fancy shearling coat and a diaper in a Toronto Ikea parking lot. He even reached Peak Meme status when he was parodied by every lady’s favorite porn star, James Deen. Read More