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A Clockwork Orange/Alex DeLarge /b/ spam

Last posted Jul 12, 2009 at 11:14AM EDT. Added Jul 10, 2009 at 11:02PM EDT
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(as posted on article by me)

It’s a relatively new thing on /b/, and it’s debatable whether it’s a meme or just spam. I suppose time will tell. As for how much history I can give to it, I’m not quite sure if it’s one guy, but it’s predecessor was a once again multicolored image of an angry professor utonium from power puff girls. I was staying up all night, and soon, the subject switched to ALex Delarge from a clockwork orange, using various pictures from said movie.
Also, I apologize for this run-on sentence.

Also, if anyone else knows the exact day it started, that would be helpful.

Jul 10, 2009 at 11:02PM EDT

The day it was posted here I made sure to check out /b/. There was a lot of image spamming in multiple threads consisting of different images of different famous characters with the image’s color balance, brightness, and contrast tweaked in multiple ways. They all tended to carry the same theme of only creating different instances of the same image with these tonality adjustments.

So there’s definitely a common theme happening that many are imitating. It’s a simple idea that many are imitating in a contagious fashion. But it’s still too early to call it a meme for a multitude of reasons.

The first is that it’s too fresh. A good meme has a history of performance that can be tracked. At this point it is a handful of events with massive floods of derivatives. That doesn’t constitute a meme though because a meme has to be self-propigating. That is, it has to become an idea so contagious that there is no spamming or flooding needed. People should be drawn to it, not forced into it.

But there have been memes in the past that start out in a hail storm, but because they eventually endure over a long period of time with significant interest, they can be shown to be an idea that exists to sustain it’s own existance. That’s when something becomes a meme.

Jul 10, 2009 at 11:40PM EDT

And the next reason is that we don’t know of a name for it yet. But it’s not about any one particular character. Instead, each thread would be about one character, but many different characters had their own threads.

Jul 10, 2009 at 11:42PM EDT

I’ve been told before that I look like Alex DeLarge before, I would post the picture but I lost it.

Jul 12, 2009 at 07:16AM EDT

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