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The “Mess of Memes” montage doesn’t really add much context to often-quoted “meme” lines like “shut up and take my money” or “the rent is too damn high,” since they mostly come from popular TV shows and movies, and the meme versions often include a screencap of the source. You won’t find the source of “silly and nonsexual” here.
A lot of advice meme practitioners on Reddit seem to disdain child-based memes, in a way that, say, Tumblr doesn’t. I get it partly — they rehash the same “this little piggy” and “pooped my pants” jokes. But every meme’s repetitive.
It smacks of “look at my cute kid”-ism, maybe? And the single-male cohort of Reddit looks down on those who have chosen to spill their seed into a woman, fertilely.
Well, other Redditors make them anyway, and Drunk Baby is funny.
Last week, Academic Coach Taylor explored some of the early manifestations of the Obama+Unicorn meme. The unicorn marks Obama’s pre-presidential relationship to hope, paradise, and collective political fantasies, but there’s an inverse to these gleeful images now that Obama hasn’t been able to shower us all with free health care and 0% unemployment rates: so what’s it mean when Obama’s political opponents take jabs at the unicorn?
Because of the unicorn’s fantasy-based set of cultural associations, the beast accompanies a specifically utopian politics — what is a unicorn if not the representative of a politics of Hope? In the past years and recent present, Republicans seem particularly testy about Obama’s unicorn-charming magic. In a 2010 April Fool’s vid, the National Republican Senatorial Committee [NRSC] precisely honed in on the failed promises of the Obama Dream Machine, the unicorn standing in for the audacity of liberal hope and broken faith of low-emission unicorns.
Long the staple of Lisa Frank folders and bad fantasy, the unicorn is associated with all we hold close to our hearts: sandy shores, moody waterfalls, misty woodlands and awesome rainbows. But we can’t ignore the newest historic function of the unicorn: Barack Obama’s noble mount-of-choice. When Obama publicly announced his support for gay marriage, it took the internet all of 10 seconds to photoshop him shooting rainbow lasers of love upon his liberal citizens while proudly riding a unicorn through a field that looks like a Windows 7 background.
But Obama’s affiliation with unicorns has been going on since he “fantastically” nailed his nomination for President in 2008. It’s a phenomenon unique to the late aughts and early 21st-teens — Obama is the first President “of” the truly hatched internet generation. But why unicorns? Follow me on a three-part exploration touring Barack Obama’s greatest unicorn hits, in an attempt to get to the bottom of the mythic creature Obama gets atop, and rein in (just a bit) the wily politics of the unicorn.
In 1984, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was such a pop culture icon that when the Ghostbusters were asked to choose the form of the destructor, Ray couldn’t help but imagine the giant marshmallow man.
What would have popped into Ray’s head if the movie took place in 2012?
Almost Politically Correct Redneck loves Mexicans because they’re the best dishwashers. He thinks Barack Obama is a pretty cool colored person. He’s the perfect symbol of our nation’s current awkward transition to more enlightened social mores.
Here are the best examples of this new meme, plus a few of my own.
Though it has been long debated, the correct pronunciation of the GIF can no longer be questioned. It is well documented that the father of the GIF, Steve Wilhite, pronounces it as Jiff with a soft G, not a hard G.
Mind blowing, I know. It’s going to take some adjusting. You might even want to practice it in front of your mirror for a while. Now, I don’t want to overwhelm you, but we here at Slacktory have uncovered a few more words that we have all been mispronouncing.
Internet: Did you know it is pronounced Eye-nternet, not Enter-net? This makes a lot of sense because the Internet is something you look at with your eyes, not enter with your body.
Wi-Fi: While everyone thinks Wi-Fi is pronounced Why-Fy, it is actually pronounced wiffy. This is derived from the fact that most Wi-Fi hotspots are pretty iffy.
ROFLCon is happening right now! It’s a big conference where all the Internet goes to hang out in Cambridge, MA. Many of the meme people you’d expect will be there: Double Rainbow Guy, the “Gingers do have souls” kid, Nope! Chuck Testa. There’s a good chance they’ll all be in the same room at some point this weekend, and that totally blows my mind.
But what about the memes that won’t make it? What are they doing, or why weren’t they invited?
Hampster dance: Only 3 of the original 4 hamster GIFs will be there, as the orange and white rotating hamster got really into cocaine and passed away right in the prime of his life, at roughly 2 years old.
Tubgirl: Couldn’t find the time. Just had too much shit going on.
2 girls 1 cup: The girls couldn’t make it, but the cup will be signing autographs.
Lemon party: Won’t be at the main conference, but they’ll be throwing a lemon afterparty.
Lime cat: Wasn’t invited, and believe me, he sure is a “sourpuss”! (I hate myself.)
Goatse guy: He’s there, but ironically he is super constipated and hasn’t left his hotel room.
Bucket walrus: Too shy. Left a note on his Twitter page, though. “I also has crippling anxiety in social situations.”
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