Internet Culture and Memes

Defining “Childhood Ruined”

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“Childhood Ruined” isn’t one particular meme, but it is used as a term throughout the Internet referring to something that somehow sullies innocent childhood assumptions about the show or movie being referenced, which are usually children’s TV shows or movies, or Anime, normally from the 1980’s-present but also from older Disney movies. The phrase has been going around a lot in the past few years, but it seems to be enjoying a surge of popularity lately. An animated short (not appropriate ... read more

“420 Easter” Meme Rundown

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Pot smokers celebrate on “420” and this year Easter falls on April 20th, otherwise known as 4/20. The crossover of Easter with the day commonly celebrated with marijuana has caused hilarity through the Internet in the days leading up to the holiday. Huffington Post made a “Are you Celebrating Easter or 420” quiz The Examiner made a list of the reasons that the holidays should be joined forever, and in preparation for the holiday there was even an ad featuring Jesus holding a sandwich and ... read more

Hail Hydra! A Meme from Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier includes a terrorist organization from the Marvel universe called Hydra. During the movie one of the characters whispers the catchphrase "Hail Hydra" to another Hydra member in a serious but notably awkward manner. It reminded me of the way that Voldemort hugged Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out on April 4th and on the 6th the first images captioned with "Hail Hydra" began to ... read more

April Fools Day Favorites 2014

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April Fools is always a glorious yet slightly scary time on the Internet. Online it is much easier to get pranked then in person. I have been trying hard NOT to click on suspiciously silly things but I was still Rick Roll’d twice this year. Some people hate that prank, but rickrolling, tricking someone into clicking Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” is a classic internet prank, one which I greatly respect. Google’s April Fools Day joke is an addition to the Google Maps App which ... read more

60’s Spiderman Show Caption Memes

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Screencaps from episodes of the 1960’s Spiderman show (sometimes called Vintage Spiderman) became a typical caption meme. The meme isn't new at the time of this post, but several of these images (captioned or without caption) are still widely used as reaction images so it is important to know and understand this meme so that you will be fully Meme Literate. According to KnowYourMeme the captions are known for “typically featuring an absurd internal monologue that correspond with the actions ... read more

Calming Manatee- A Timeless and Underrated Meme

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Today’s meme, The Calming Manatee, isn’t a new thing at all- in fact it’s been around since 2012. I had forgotten all about this simple caption meme until seeing it posted on a friend’s Facebook page. It doesn’t have a lot of ‘practical purposes’ as a response image since it isn’t doesn’t feature a highly charged emotional reaction. Also the manatee itself is more of a ‘neutral’ animal. They aren’t ferocious, hip, or even furry like cats. They are dopey, ugly-cute, ... read more

First Kiss: Just Another Ad Campaign

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In my last blog post I wrote about Ellen that selfie with all those other celebs at the Oscars and how it was a publicity stunt for Samsung and this post is, sadly, about another viral publicity stunt. For me it takes all the joy out of something to realize that it was a sham, just some deeply-embedded commercial. It has made me wary of new memes, especially viral videos, which will be related to today’s topic. I was browsing Facebook when I saw a video entitled “First Kiss” that promised ... read more

Viral for the sake of Product Placement: Ellen at the Oscars with the Selfie

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The title of this post reads like the murder answer in a game of Clue and as such I intend to explain how this marketing/PR trick was so successful for Samsung. I didn’t watch the Oscars, I never do, but I was surprised how many photos of celebs walking the carpet that I came across just by being logged into Facebook. The most notable was the selfie taken by Bradley Cooper at the urging of Ellen Degeneres which shows both of them surrounded by other Celebs like Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and ... read more

Twitch Plays Pokemon (70,000-80,000 players on one save file?!)

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Twitch.tv is a gaming community site focused on using live video streams to bring gamers together. The site usually features one gamer playing and allows the community to discuss the game live in a chat on the side next to the video. However, Twitch Plays Pokemon invites viewers to join in a game of Pokemon Red/Blue by giving button commands in the chat which are directly taken as commands by the game so that everyone commenting is playing the same game together as if thousands of fingers were ... read more

“Special Feeling” Meme

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Not long ago I spotted a link shared from one of the cosplay  Facebook pages that I follow. It was about a Japanese Meme, which roughly translates to “Special Feeling”. According to tumblr lore- “For people wondering what the hell this is, its a Japanese meme from a recent TV broadcast where a weather reporter was asking people on the street how the snow made them feel. The young couple was asked and the man blurted out “When you’re with your lover and it’s snowing, you are just ... read more