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Potter puppet pals=meme?

Last posted Dec 04, 2009 at 01:24AM EST. Added Apr 15, 2009 at 11:08PM EDT
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http://www.potterpuppetpals.com/
the link above pretty much has all the videos of this possible meme.
Personally i think it is a meme because there is so many copies of this video it’s like a virus!

Also there is a program which lets you make your own flash version which gets annoying if you are looking for the actual videos (over 120 versions!)

If you don’t want to take my word for it then here is a stat that is worth noting the MysteriousTicking Noise", released in 2007, is the 17th most-viewed video on YouTube, with over 60 million views as of April 4, 2009. The video was nominated and won in the Comedy category in the 2007 YouTube Awards with 33.6% of the votes in that category.

so if it’s a meme i’ll just shorten that down to this:
Cicierega’s Potter Puppet Pals is a comedy series which parodies Harry Potter. It originated as a pair of Flash animations on Newgrounds in 2003, and later resurfaced in the form of a series of live action puppet shows released onto YouTube and Potterpuppetpals.com in 2006. The central characters of the Harry Potter series are portrayed by simply hand puppets (with the exception of Neville Longbottom, who is portrayed by a Squash). Cicierega has also done puppetry live at Harry Potter-themed events.

It hasn’t achieved meme status.

Meme =/= popular.
Meme =/= “viral” videos.

A meme is a sort of joke or idea that is basically spread from person to person underground; an international inside joke is one way to put it.

Where anyone can understand the “Potter Puppet Pals,” not anyone can understand Pedobear or Mudkipz. It has to have a bit of an inside mentality to it, as well as a semi-rich history how it started and gained popularity.

Also, buttsecks

I don’t know if the inside-joke part neccessarily is required, but it certainly helps.

However, I agree with Dave 100% that his has to have at least a semi-rich history of how it started and gained popularity.

Here are examples of things that have been wildly popular and inspired a lot of fan-art (and hater art for that matter), but should not be considered memes.

Star Wars
Lord of the Rings
The Simpsons
South Park
Beavis and Butthead
Family Guy
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
The Watchmen
Kathy Lee Gifford
Nicolas Cage
and lots, lots more.

Sometimes pop culture inspires fan art. But there is no story to that at all. However, a meme can be a particular phrase or picture that makes refrence to something from pop culture, but needs to be something more specific, more formulaic. Without strict consideration to the importance of the back-story, we would end up with “Get-r-done” fitting the criteria, and nobody wants that.

Nicholas Cage, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars have certainly appeared here quite a bit. I’ve obviously gained a better understanding about when a meme is mainstream-sourced vs. being mainstream-derived.

I almost had it.

However, a meme can be a particular phrase or picture that makes refrence to something from pop culture, but needs to be something more specific, more formulaic. Without strict consideration to the importance of the back-story, we would end up with “Get-r-done” fitting the criteria, and nobody wants that.

Imma Let You Finish and Patrick Duffey’s Floating Head are two memes that really made me reconsider mainstream-derived memes. But I think that paragraph really illustrates how it works.

Kanye’s “Imma Let You Finish” phrase became an exploitable madlib that took over the whole internet in a few days. The press coverage absolutely spread the event to everyone’s minds, but the recontextualizations occurring within the derivatives were the Internet meme.

“Get-r-done” on the otherhand, is just people repeating an impossibly stupid catch phrase. Until there’s a fad of people repurposing it in a another manner, it remains the perfect example of a mainstream-sourced meme which we would deadpool.

Skeletor-sm

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