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Last posted May 09, 2009 at 10:50PM EDT. Added May 08, 2009 at 04:47PM EDT
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Is it just me, or do the new memes just look like popular viral videos?

Idk. It could be just me.

May 08, 2009 at 04:47PM EDT

Well, some of the viral videos (keyboard cat, crazy frog brothers) ARE memes.
Some (bus uncle, soulja boi girl) are not.

May 08, 2009 at 10:25PM EDT

Dave, can you explain further? What makes the craxy frog brothers a meme and soulja girl not a meme?

May 09, 2009 at 11:58AM EDT

i like the heidigger approach: putting an idea in context as a meme makes it a meme. its only what kind of meme that determines its value as the meme.

for instance, crazy frog is a meme, but it is a “repetative-make-me-laugh and show friends meme”. soulja girl is also a meme, but it is a “omfg, i can’t believe this happened and it was on video so i must show my friends meme.”

confirmed, at least for myself, is a meme that has a value that makes it impressionably ironic, humorous, ground-breaking (something for derivative works), quotable, main-stream famous, or other quality characteristic that has some appeal to others. some memes don’t have that value or work only in a very solipsistic manner. of course, there is the deadpool for something that had value but declined over time due to later revealed details after its meme-dom (i.e. forced meme, commercial viral video, etc). and, always, there will be some in which myself (and other mods) don’t see the value and cannot confirm/deadpool until other reasons are revealed.

May 09, 2009 at 03:11PM EDT

Is that the deal with Por que no te callas? Not enough info to sway you guys?

May 09, 2009 at 03:28PM EDT

wow, that was way in the backlog. checked it out. confirmed it. =)

btw, this is my views on memes and differ between jamie, chris, and other mods. and i usually don’t mod much (too busy working on new feature for the community).

May 09, 2009 at 03:33PM EDT

Ooh, I hope it’s a swim-up bar. Those things are wicked.

May 09, 2009 at 03:51PM EDT

damn. i guess the boxes of tiki torches in the back room were a sure giveaway…

May 09, 2009 at 03:54PM EDT


It’s all really about the content of the video.
Things like Numa numa, the Crazy Frog, and Keyboard Cat all have one thing in common; music. Music in itself helps video memes immensely by making them memorable, whereas videos like Bus Uncle and Soulja Girl are simply quick, flash-in-the-pan fads at best.

People will always remember Gary Brolsma, especially whenever they hear the Numa Numa song. Not everyone will remember Soulja Girl or Bus Uncle; in fact, they will almost undoubtedly forget about them over the course of a month or two. Same with the Christian Bale thing (which I never really considered a meme)

Just think about it for a sec; real memes are memorable. Fads are not. These videos are sadly just that.

Also, @Greg, eff yes. Just make sure the guest speaker/torch juggler doesn’t burn the site down.

May 09, 2009 at 05:51PM EDT

um, i for one will forever associate terminator with christian bale yelling at shane.

May 09, 2009 at 10:50PM EDT

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