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Would the addition of a "Fad" category be a good idea?

Last posted Feb 28, 2013 at 09:47PM EST. Added Feb 28, 2013 at 09:01PM EST
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As many of us are aware, the category option has been overlooked by people before on KYM who then complain about how “THAT’S NOT MEME HURDUR.” We currently have the categories of “Meme,” “Person,” “Subculture,” “Event,” and “Website.”
And, in my personal opinion, the addition of “Fad” would help relieve some of the in-fighting between users.

Arrow to the Knee. Any planking variant. GAK. What do these all have in common? For one thing, they have substantial Internet notoriety--a variable that usually defines what a “meme” is. However, there’s a substantial difference between an Internet MEME and an Internet FAD:
- a MEME is something that wasn’t created for the purpose of widespread notoriety, and wasn’t picked up upon by the “general public” of the Internet until weeks, months, or even years after the meme’s source was first created/published.
- a FAD, on the other hand, can and often is created for the extent purpose of getting other people to play along (whether or not this is a good thing is more of a personal opinion). Fads work like a spark and spread like wildfire, being quoted/used by people on the Internet within days, hours--and sometimes even minutes within its conception.

If something that could count as a fad gets its own page on KYM, you’ll often see comments saying, in general, “Isn’t it a bit early to call this a meme?” or “Let’s give it time before we make a page about it, guys.” How could anyone forget GAK, the “meme” that rose and fell within the span of 24 hours?

Many would and have argued that GAK’s short lifespan should bar it from getting its own article, but I disagree. The sudden widespread popularity of it demands precedence for its own page--that is the purpose of Know Your Meme, after all: To inform and explain the goings-on of the Internet and its “people.” When every top comment on Youtube is suddenly “…but then I took and arrow in the knee,” the uninformed and confused people reading those comments should have an article available to them to explain just what the hell is going on.

The popularity of something on the Internet is what should decide whether or not it deserves its own article, not its lifetime. Granted, many of the fads live and die within one week, but if it IS extremely popular, we are obliged to archive it.

In conclusion, I feel that the simple addition of one category will quell many arguments and unnecessary complaints made by KYM users over the validity of a “meme,” through the use of the “fad.”

Last edited Feb 28, 2013 at 09:02PM EST
Feb 28, 2013 at 09:01PM EST
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Here’s a past discussion about the topic where it got rejected.


- a MEME is something that wasn’t created for the purpose of widespread notoriety, and wasn’t picked up upon by the “general public” of the Internet until weeks, months, or even years after the meme’s source was first created/published.
- a FAD, on the other hand, can and often is created for the extent purpose of getting other people to play along (whether or not this is a good thing is more of a personal opinion). Fads work like a spark and spread like wildfire, being quoted/used by people on the Internet within days, hours--and sometimes even minutes within its conception.

There are some issues with those points. Because widespread on purpose is not a factor that defines a meme nor a fad. The difference mainly lies in the length, with the Fad only being specific here. An internet meme is a concept or idea which spreads and is shared on the internet. Simple as that. A fad is the same, but commonly has only a short lifetime. Neither request it to be forced, they only request spread, with the difference being that Fad only functions with short time periods.

The popularity of something on the Internet is what should decide whether or not it deserves its own article, not its lifetime. Granted, many of the fads live and die within one week, but if it IS extremely popular, we are obliged to archive it.

Couldn’t agree with you more, but let’s go back to the available categories.

(Go to the Gak page, trust me, it’s listed as an “Event”)

That’s what we also use the “Event” tag for, these short lived peaks that commonly spawned from a single subject or news article. This category covers a wide range of items from scandals, feuds and debates to product releases, deaths of notable figures, raids and protests, among others.


The Fad category basically combines Meme and Event, while now we keep them seperated. The addition of a fad category wouldn’t be more specific, chances are it would create a mumbo jumbo of meme and event entries mashed together into one category. If it is a meme, it is a fad. If it is an event, it’s also a fad. Now you can understand this will be quite confusing when documenting memes.

Tl;dr I still disagree.

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