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Is 'X sappin' mah Y' a meme?

Last posted Nov 14, 2009 at 07:53PM EST. Added Nov 14, 2009 at 06:38PM EST
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There are a bunch of other TF2 related videos with “Spy sappin’” in the title, but there is no common thread. Some are TF2 gameplay footage, some are IRL re-enactments, very few make use of the catch-phrase other than just the video title.

It’s funny, there is a more interesting subset of “spy sappin’ mah” videos that look more like earlier Youtube fads related to this, but each video has under 500 views. Most of them are only about a month old. It’s like the meme’s skeleton has formed, but the views aren’t there.

It’s interesting. There are quite a few people making them all beginning in October, but nobody really watching.
I think out of interest of not causing any unnatural influence in this meme’s growth, we probably shouldn’t make a meme entry just yet.

Right, but remember, we don’t want our site’s influence to taint the data on the meme’s growth. For the time being, it would be worthwhile to take note that this exists, and check back on it occasionally, but a meme entry would be premature, IMO.

Look for a generous spread of tens of thousands of views over a bunch of the videos. If that never happens, it was probably never a meme, just a bunch of imitation. If there’s any quality to the videos that causes them to become popular, then it would appear that we are talking about a contagious idea. So you can understand why we don’t want to attract any attention to it yet. That would be like forcing a meme.


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