Response to article on memes: questioning the article selection process

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Where to begin?

Last week’s abysmal write-up on memes was both a shame to opinion pieces and memes themselves, seemingly serving nobody except the vanity of a writer who clearly finds him/herself more interesting and likes to “hear the sound of his own voice” by seeing his own writing published, devoid of any substance or dignity whatsoever.

Who approved this?

Not to mention how outdated these memes are, or the fact that any given Instagram or Twitter feed would be funnier and do a better job of explaining, without wasting any ink.

As Jack Black says in School of Rock, “Those who can’t do, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach gym.” (COPYRIGHT 20TH CENTURY FOX please don’t sue)

To equate that quote to the writing of the article in discussion, “Those who can’t be original, make memes. And those who can’t make memes, write about them for a newspaper.”

Who knows?

Memes are better enjoyed without breaking them down or explaining them.

With enough scrutiny, anything loses its humor and charm.

I would have thought the author would have figured this out halfway through writing the article.

BUT I GUESS NOT.

Since the humor found in memes is so fragile (as is much of life), this leads us to question the very nature of humor.

What is funny, and can the same thing be both funny and unfunny at the same time?

I believe so.

We call this “Schroedinger’s meme.”

Because it’s like the cat, but a meme.

My mom will see a meme and say, “That is not funny. Why is there such big text over the picture? Memes are stupid and a waste of your time. Memes will never be as funny as ‘I Love Lucy’” or whatever.

We don’t see eye to eye on things like this, mostly because she’s much shorter than me.

Two people can see the same thing and have opposite viewpoints.

Or, what if a meme becomes old?

Is a dead meme a representation of the fleeting nature of humor and human memory?

Or, rather, is it a commentary on the increasingly ephemeral digital world?

Memes are being commandeered every day by conglomerates who want Millennial dollars, or votes, or views, or clicks or whatever.

Arby’s has a Twitter account.

Why?

What purpose could a restaurant that serves meat(?) sandwiches have in running a twitter account?

I did some research but am too ashamed about how much time I spent looking at HD photos of shredded beef to tell you what I found.

Viral videos are increasingly becoming publicity stunts trying to get you to buy the newest model drone or tune into Jimmy Kimmel.

It’s all a ploy for BIG MEME to manipulate consumers through ‘original’ content and sponsored posts.

Memes are big bucks these days, but the people who make them have very little power over the way the joke spreads.

Lots of accounts repost without credit.

So no matter how dank your memes are, someone can still just steal them and post them for more likes or more money.

And your mom still won’t think you’re funny.

 

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