With the East Coast largely barricaded inside their homes burning through hastily assembled stockpiles of cookies and liquor, there’s one thing left to do: make memes. (For as long as the power stays on, anyway.) The storm already has a dedicated page on Know Your Meme, and it seems parody accounts are cropping up by the second.
Click through for a roundup of hurriedly created hurricane-related memes, from the dedicated jokes to the special editions of old Internet standbys.
Attending Hallowmeme is like starring in a Disney Channel original movie in which you’re the main character who fell into your computer screen: It’s every Internet k-hole you’ve ever experenced come to life. Which sounds scary, but it’s actually pretty fun.
The party was at Brooklyn’s Bell House, put on by Forced Meme Productions (with an assist from Tumblr and Giant Media). This was the event’s fourth year, and co-creator Lindsey Weber told the crowd it was the biggest yet and the Hallomeme of her wildest dreams.
If those save the children infomercials are any indication, drawing on a guilty conscience is one way to compel American audiences to step off their cushy couch and cough up a donation. Waterislife.com and its ad agency DDB NY both appear toave a pretty solid grasp of this phenomenon.
In a video released last week, the clean water charity urges people to donate to poverty-stricken Haitians by capitalizing on one of the Internet’s most widespread memes: First World Problems.
On May 15, 2007, a then-19-year-old YouTube user named Shawn Cotter–employing the handle “cotter548”–uploaded the music video for Rick Astley’s 1987 hit song “Never Gonna Give You Up,” intending to troll some of his fellow gaming cohorts on 4chan. Mr. Cotter, who was serving in the Air Force in South Korea at the time, linked to the video under the pretense that it was a new trailer for Grand Theft Auto: IV. But as that now-familiar drum cadence faded in and the caption “You just got Rickroll’d” floated across the screen, users discovered they weren’t watching a video game trailer at all.
The digital bait-and-switch of Rickrolling was born, and 4chan was not amused.
Though he is known as the hunky boy next door that made certain girls weak in the knees in the early aughts, James van der Beek, the titular star of the popular teen drama Dawson’s Creek, is an embarrassingly ugly crier.
In season three, episode 23 of the earnest, soap opera-like show, Dawson is so gobsmacked by being broken up with that he begins to cry. An animated GIF of that tender moment was soon splashed across websites from Reddit to Funny or Die. The meme is so prevalent that when you Google “James van der Beek,” the search engine even offers a correction: “James van der Beek crying,” it humbly suggests you search instead.
After the tragic loss of one of its core members, the team behind Diaspora–a Y-Combinator-backed open source “anti-social network”–went underground for a while, privately grieving while attempting to keep the well-funded and highly hyped company running. But the startup show must go on: AllThingsD reported today that the Diaspora team channeled their grief into a new site–launched today and called Makr–that allows you to easily remix and distribute photos.
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This week, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland had the rare pleasure of telling the entire world, “We told you so,” when they announced the clearest signs yet of the existence of the elusive Higgs Boson, rather questionably dubbed the “God particle.” And we’re pretty sure the Internet has never been so Read More
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Did you think a little trademark infringement could obliterate one of the Internet’s longest standing memes? Think again, AVG Technologies.
TorrentFreak reported earlier that a copyright claim filed by AVG has led YouTube to pull one of the most popular uploads of Rick Astley’s famous “Never Gonna Give You Up” music video, which has been viewed over six million times. Ars Technica reported it, too. But when we clicked on the video, it didn’t appear to have been taken down at all: in fact, it worked perfectly fine. An editor from Ars Technica confirmed to us via email that the video appeared to be back up for him as well.
It’s unclear what exactly happened: perhaps YouTube pulls videos automatically when they’re reported for copyright violation. But what a terrible 24 hours (at least according to TorrentFreak) that must have been for all of you out there in Internetland!
We’ve reached out to YouTube for comment and will let you know if we hear back.
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The Times has published a definitive Internet Culture Piece a Year Too Late.
The victim: Reddit’s infamous Rage Comic meme. Though you can still find Rage Comics posted daily on Reddit, the joke was probably on the downswing popularity-wise a year ago. The following is the paper of record unwittingly sealing Rage Comics inside vast and unquiet catacombs in the bowels of the Internet where the ghosts of all past memes roam, to float sadly in the ether alongside the howling phantasm of Rick Astley and his 80s bouffant:
“Are LOLCats Making Us Smarter?” asks a link-baity Atlantic headline that actually has nothing to do with the article it accompanies. The short answer: No, but that didn’t stop the Atlantic from writing a think piece about memes anyway.
As a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin school, where students design their own bizarre, mostly pretentious majors, this reporter is not really surprised that people are now writing dissertations about the cultural impact of LOLCats. After all, hasn’t social media researcher Danah Boyd essentially built an entire career around intellectualizing Internet topics otherwise deemed too 4chan-ish?