what ever happened to genuinely funny things like Interrupting Kanye
That’s the thing, with the Internet hitting the mainstream and being used more and more by the “casual crowd”, more general discussions about news goes completely viral. Just goes to show how the Internet is evolving.
I’m going to say “almost all”
The nature of such events makes it where many people are willing to replicate it. What’s interesting is how fast it becomes a meme, oftentimes overnight.
However, we don’t have pages on a lot of such things because we just didn’t cover them at the time. I’d say that things like Deepwater Horizon were/are memes, but we didn’t make meme entries for them at the time, and nowdays we do.
Also, it’s important to note that a lot of those news stories are categorized as “events”, affecting online culture and influencing memes, but not as “memes” themselves.
KYM make these entries in order to show the Internet’s POV/take/reaction to certain news events.
Anyways, as explained before, these events receive massive spread on the internet. Because the internet has evolved over time and has received an influx of mainstream media, massive news stories that would be ignored in the past are now large topics of discussions. It is therefore not uncommon that these events spawn content that makes them worthy of documentation.
And we don’t cover them like newspapers. We focus on the online reaction and the content it spawned online, not directly the event itself all the time.
KYM is not an encyclopedia for just memes. We document internet internet phenomena in general, and these events are a part of that. The internet has evolved, and we have adapted ourselves alongside it.