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is "The Wicker Man" a meme?

Last posted Nov 20, 2009 at 12:23PM EST. Added Oct 03, 2009 at 09:41AM EDT
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The movie “The Wicker Man” ( the new one with nicholas cage, not the old one )

Ive seen alot of youtube videos with jokes from the movies, for example:

HOWDEHEGETBURNED showing X
AHH NOT THE x AHH THE x THEIR IN MY EYES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyXl2RMZ0Po
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eLKaHFdS9o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOZTBOSsbRk

etc

first post im making on this site btw, dont be too cruel

Oct 03, 2009 at 09:41AM EDT
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I’m gonna say no.

It’s a movie not a meme.

We already have a howdiditgetburned article too.

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/howdiditgetburned

Oct 10, 2009 at 04:24PM EDT
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I didnt mean the movie that much, i did mean the HOWDEHEGETBURNED and the bees thingy, but since there were two things from the same movie, maybe instead of 2 entries, you should have 2 togethar?

sry for mah english

Oct 11, 2009 at 06:49AM EDT
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Request for NOT THE BEES meme.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X4d3D8SncM

Nov 20, 2009 at 08:23AM EST
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We can add a footnote about “NOT THE BEES” to the “How’d it get burned” entry, but there’s really only one remix with a lot of views, the next has under 10,000, and the rest are only in the hundreds.

Now here’s the problem with asking if a movie is a meme.

A good Internet Meme ideally spreads via the Internet, and not film or TV. It may be sourced from film or TV (like many YTMNDs and Youtube Poops), but only as long as people online find some element from the source to focus on and recontextualize in a way that was not intended by the creators of the original.

Movies are designed to have memorable lines that people go around quoting.

“Show me the money” – Jerry Macguire
“I see dead people” – The Sixth Sense
“I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.” – Forrest Gump
Anything Borat ever said. – Borat

These are all lines from movies that millions of people have seen, and they didn’t need the Internet for the lines to become
popular. People walked into the theaters, and walked out quoting them and it means that the writer, the actor, the director, and everyone else involved in that scene did their jobs well.

But that has nothing in common with Advice Dog, the Star Wars Kid, Gaijin 4Koma, these things we normally think of as Internet memes. Each of these are things that started out as basically nothing, and unintentionally became a massive amount of content sharing and remixing. These are things that just happened out of nowhere, and that’s what makes them interesting.

If the only backstory to a meme is, “it’s a line from a popular movie” then I don’t see why there’s any need to categorize it as Internet culture and not just let it be what it is: a quote from a movie.

The reason “How’d it get burned” is different from these, is because this line was not exactly presented in the movie as a quotable moment. It was the work of lots of people online spoofing and remixing it.

This is actually kind of awesome.




Nov 20, 2009 at 10:15AM EST
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