Know Your Meme Categories

Know Your Meme Categories

Content Categorization Guidelines

For nearly two years, we've been discussing how to categorize meme entries (see archived threads: (meme categories / meme classification / meme categories) and it's finally here! This article explain the 5 KYMdb entry categories we're introducing, as well as what we plan on doing with them.

  • What are the categories?

In the coming weeks, we'll work on building the following categories:

1. Memes: denotes the entry is for documentation of an internet meme.
2. Events: denotes the entry covers a specific event that took place on the web.
3. People: denotes the entry covers biographical info & highlights of an individual person or a collective.
4. Sites: denotes the entry covers a notable internet hubsite or an online community.
5. Subcultures: denotes the entry covers a particular interest or activities associated with certain groups.

  • What are some examples?

For example, consider our recent entries May 21st, 2011 Rapture and Rapture Bombing. The former would be categorized as an #event entry, as it took place at a particular time (May 21st) and setting (outside in real life). The latter entry explains a practical joke that isn't necessarily bound to a specific time and thus it would be categorized as a #meme entry.

For another example, let's look at Boxxy and RayWilliamJohnson entries. Even though both can be seen as "internet people", the former would be categorized as a #meme entry, as Boxxy is foremost a subject of an internet meme. In contrast, "RayWilliamJohnson" would be better suited under #people, as he is a notable YouTube personality and an influential voice in internet culture, but not necessarily a subject of internet phenomenon. See below for more examples.

  • Why categories?

The purpose of this category system is to eliminate common misconceptions or confusions as to why we choose to document things that wouldn't be seen as "memes" by consensus at large. To be clear, this 5 category system will not serve as our criteria for classifying meme entries, but to separate supplementary / introductory entries related to internet culture (ex: hubsites, collectives, etc) from entries strictly dealing with internet memes.

  • What does this mean for entry editors and contributors?

Most editors and writers won't have to worry about categorizing entries. The KYM staff will be taking on this duty in the beginning and entries will be organized similar to how our blog entries are sorted by categories. Of course, you can still suggest which category you think it belongs in the tag field. In addition, #memes category will not be visible in the entry page (since they make up the majority of database content).

  • Why not categorize by sites where internet memes are known to originate from?

Because notability of a website is an unstable property, not to mention it is subjective. If we based our categories on a number of hubsites currently in existence, where will our categories be in ten years?

  • Why not categorize by format/medium like catchphrases, viral videos, image macros, etc?

Because the medium of a meme is often subject to changes throughout its lifespan. Consider classics like "All Your Base" for example. The meme began as an animated GIf meme, peaked as a photoshopping trend but years later, it has been abstracted into a standalone catchphrase. From our studies, we're certain that the form is an ever-changing part of an internet meme.

  • Why did this take so long?

We believe categorization can be a double-edged sword for our purpose of documenting internet culture. On one hand, we realized that there's a need for certain level of organization. And yes, our database is growing fast and with thousands of entries being researched, there should be a better and easier way to browse the site. On the other hand, we also had to consider the unintentional boundaries & restraints that could arise as a result of categorizing, before putting anything in place.

  • Entry Examples

Hopefully, the categories listed above will help us to meet our sorting needs and at the same time, avoid boxing ourselves under a set of pre-defined categories. So there it is. Any questions & comments?

RayWilliamJohnson 5,426 Updated less than a minute ago by Brad Added 10 months ago by Austin Shoemaker 5 Send Status: Ray William Johnson (official YouTube channel name RayWilliamJohnson) is an entertainer who sprung into fame in 2009 when he started reviewing viral videos on Youtube. Users submit videos twice a week, and Ray will review each video adding his witty commentary. His show is entitled Equals Three(3). On Equals Three, Ray has helped popularize many internet memes such as-Communist Roll'd. "Gingers Do Have Year Souls", and the fact that 'all women should be in the kitchen. "Ray lives in New York,Unknown and attends college. Category: Origin May 25, 2008 At the end of every video, Ray asks his audience to submit their suggestions for a comment question of the day. The users upload their comment question of the day on Tags their specific YouTube accounts. These range from funny to interesting. In the outro of every episode, Ray features his Top 5 favorite comments from the question from the previous episode. Not yet tagged Ray currently upload his Equals Three videos usually every Monday and Thursday. However, it does happen sometimes that an episode is uploaded on Fridays. The Equals Three episodes usually air on the evenings. The episodes average over 2.5 million views per video. His most viewed video DON'T CALL ME FAT! was uploaded on August 23, 2009, and have, as of June 25, 2010, gotten over 10 million views.
Example: Ray William Johnson / #people

Furries (View Related Sub-memes 23 40,149 50 D34 647 Updated less than a minute ago by Brod. Added about a year ago by emoner0826 „Éľ tp 151 Lke Tweet Send Status: [Rewrite in progress; follow the links below for more information on Furries] Category: Subcultures About NSFW People who identify themselves as Furries are those who are fans of the Furry Fandom Year subset of the larger Science Fiction genre. Furry Fandom refers to a wide variety of books, artwork, and other materials in which Abedo Anthropomorphics anthropomorphic creatures are featured. Anthropomorphism (fictional animals which bear comic by Stove Galacc human-like characteristics such as facial expressions, and bipedal walk to name a few) has existed in story-telling and visual artwork for much of human history. Some early Tags examples of Anthropomorphism come from the Greek-origin children's stories, Aesop's fury, anthro, fandom, fursut Fables. 1980 Origin estyle, animals, anthropomorphic, yitf, quad, Although these themes were present in many works of fiction, the establishment of Furry Fandom as a genre is often traced back to a Sci Fi Convention in 1980, duting which a Additional References
Example: Furries / #subcultures
Reddit View Related Sub-memes] 14,420 0 0 Updated 22 minutos ago by Brad Added 5 months ago by Inspoctor Javert 12 Send This submission is currently being researched & evaluated! You can help confirm this entry by contributing facts, media, and other evidence of notability and mutation. Status: [This is a parent entry for memes created by and related to Reddit. About Category: Sites Reddit is a social aggregation website created in 2005 owned by Condé Nast Publications. Its users, or "Redditors", have a strong sense of community. Reddit's Astonishing Altruism discusses this. Origin Unknown Reddit has strong ties to popular image hosting website Imgur which was created by Rodditor mcgrimm. Imgur's The Best Images of 2010 largely consists of images spread by Reddit. Its mascot is the Reddit alien. Tags parent Additional References
Example: Reddit / #sites
Weinergate 24,102 319 2 Updated 3 days ago by Don Added 4 days ago by Don 16 10 - Lice ¬ĽTweet Send This submission is currently being researched & evaluated You can help confirm this entry by contributing facts, media, and other evidence of notability and mutation Editor's Note: This entry is dedicated to tracking and documenting the online activityStatus surounding the Weinergate Twitter scandal. Category Events About Featured Weinergate refers to a controversy surrounding a tweet that went out of New York Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner's Twitter account with a picture of a bulging penis under a pair of grey boxer briefs. Year 2011 Origin Twitor Origin On May 27th, 2011, Anthony Weiner's Twitter account posted a link to a yfrog hosted Tags anthony weiner, penis picture,
Example: Weinergate / #events

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