Internet Culture and Memes

Youtube and “Let’s Play” Gaming Videos

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(Caution for swearing in some of the videos!) A video of a host or multiple hosts playing a videogame, some are meant to be comedic while others are actually be instructive to help players through the games that are being played. The name “Let’s Play” is essentially short for “Let’s Play (insert videogame title)”, which I think is charming since it implies that the viewer gets to experience the game along with the host in a way that is fun and personal. To explain why Let’s Plays ... read more

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12th Doctor Outfit Meme

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The fans of the show Doctor Who are some of the silliest people on the internet. The fandom has been responsible for many memes and amusing reaction GIFs since the 2005 re-launch of the show. A large number of these fans are on Tumblr, a site also known for being goofy and heavy in memes and reaction GIFs. When the 11th Doctor left the show Peter Capaldi was revealed as the next actor who would take the role of The Doctor. The entire fandom wondered what sort of silly outfit Capaldi would have ... read more

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Feels Face Meme

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“Feel” and “Feels” are the shortening of “feelings” which seems to have originated on Tumblr in 2012. It describes intense feelings, commonly those of sadness. I really like the term “feels” but the meme face that has recently been attributed to it is so ugly. When actively trying to avoid something you dislike, sometimes you can overlook how popular it is really becoming. (I guess I’m getting old because I thought Silly Bands were cool but Rainbow Loom seems so stupid. Colorful ... read more

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Awesome Christmas Trees of the Internet

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People like to make Christmas Trees out of the most random stuff imaginable then post it on the internet. This isn't specifically a Meme, it's just that I noticed a funny trend in people making blog posts about weird trees. There are a lot of up-side down ones, ones that look like snowmen, ones make of books, and ones on the sides of buildings but those are boring compared to the rest. That's really about all I have to say, so: LETS LOOK AT SOME SILLY TREES! Starting off with my personal favorites: HOSPITAL ... read more

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Twilicane: Twilight Sparkle’s Scepter

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Twilicane, also known as Twicane, Twilight’s Cane, Twi-scepter, or most accurately Twilight Sparkle’s Scepter, is a forced meme that derives from the Season 4 Episode 2 of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. The Scepter (since that is a more accurate word for it, than cane) was drawn by storyboard artist for the show Sibsy. I personally think that the staring eyes and creepy/cute smile are somewhat reminiscent of other memes that involve staring such as the memes centered on the Pokemon ... read more

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Quick Meme #2: Doge

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This is the “doge” meme. The term “doge” is a combination of “dog” and the nickname of the Shiba Inus breed, “Shibe”. The initial few months of this meme coincided with the growing popularity of Shinba Inus on Tumblr over the summer of 2012, when the term “shibe” came to be used. On November 20th 2013 Youtube jumped on the bandwagon and added an Easter Egg (hidden placed item or result) which changed the page results for “doge meme” into the style of the meme with bright and ... read more

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Espurr’s Eyes: X/Y Pokemon’s Famous Stare

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Fans of different shows and movies have their own unique memes, so today I would like to take a look at a very specific meme that comes directly from a specific Pokemon, Espurr. Firstly, Espurr is a Pokemon that originates from the Pokemon X&Y games. It is a fuzzy, small, dull light purple creature that somewhat resembles a short-limbed cat standing on its hind legs. This Pokemon has large folded ears, because according to the Pokemon X Pokedex entry, and from the Pokemon Y Pokedex entry we ... read more

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“What Would I Say?” Facebook Status Predictions

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A new website called "What Would I Say?" is beginning to take the internet by storm. When you log into it from Facebook it generates several predicted statuses that you might post based off of the past statuses posted from your account. If that has you worried, "we don't store any of your personal information anywhere. In fact, we don't even have a database!" the site creators proclaimed on their About page. Why I care about this new site? The results are often in humorously poor English ... read more

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A more precise FAIL: “You Had One Job!”

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By now most of the internet is accused to "FAIL", particularly in all caps, being used to denote particularly obvious situations of failure and conversely and "WIN" being used to caption brilliant triumphs. Since tragedy is inherently interesting, there are several other meme phrases that have the same implied meaning as FAIL. "You Had One Job" which implies that the way that the person or object only had one purpose or assigned task which they have in turn made into a huge FAIL. Most of the things ... read more

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ClickBait: What It Is And How To Spot It

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The term ClickBait (sometimes called Linkbait) refers to a link to a site or a title of something online that 'baits' the viewer into clicking on it by using a sensationalized or misrepresented message. ClickBait can also be in photo form online, I know that several cosplay-related articles feature a cosplayer with cleavage as the display picture despite that photo being buried deep in the article or not actually being that related to the actual topic. The reasoning behind ClickBait is sometimes ... read more

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