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Memes Then, Memes Now

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Updated Mar 03, 2020 at 05:53AM EST by andcallmeshirley.

Added Mar 14, 2018 at 03:00PM EDT by Adam.

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Memes Then, Memes Now refers to exploitable charts comparing more straightforward memes of the late 2000s and early-2010s to the more surreal and shitpost memes of the late 2010s.


One of the earliest known memes to apply the idea of comparing the surreal evolution of online humor appeared on March 1st, 2016 on Facebook page Kitfisto-core[1] and referenced The Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise.

things i used to laugh at . actual jokes things i laugh at now


The format began to take a more definite shape by the end of 2016. On December 24th, 2016, Redditor lordtriad[2] uploaded a comparison to /r/dankmemes comparing the Advice Animal Business Cat to Gordon Ramsay's Lamb Sauce, gaining over 19,000 notes (shown below).

type of memes i used to like WE NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX ISHIT IN THERE type of memes i like now lamb sauce L o all cat e d

Over the course of 2017, several variations on the format appeared, particularly with surreal memes that appeared over the course of the year. On Reddit's /r/MemeEconomy, a post from June 29th, 2017 comparing Matrix Morpheus and How to Talk to Short People gained over 550 upvotes (shown below, left). In February of 2018, a post comparing Success Kid and a Surreal Meme appeared on Imgur and Dopl3r (shown below, right).

MEMES IN 2012 MEMES IN 2017 WHAT FOTOLD YOU Ho o 0 O 0 THE ALPHABET SONG IS REALLY TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR Wronsg memes i used to like memes i like now PUT5 DOLLARS IN POCKET will smith is trying to eat soybeans in my bed PULL OUT 10

Various Examples

MemesI used to laugh at MemesI laugh at now lo ORDERED A 10 PIECE CHICKEN MCNUGGET GOT 11 you may access the CUBES memes i used to like memes i like now things i used to laugh at e actual jokes things i laugh at now type of memes i used to like ONCE HADA DEATH NEAR-CHUCK EXPERIENCE type of memes i like now What I used to laugh at actual jokes What I laugh at now when the monnkys die 0 Memes I used to like: Memes I like now: Ke 1am here for you Thanks m going through a tough time so it means a lot And sorry, I lost all my contacts who is this? This is your Uber driver I am here to pick you up Oh Delvered

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External References

[1] Facebook – Kitfisto-core

[2] /r/dankmemes – Memes I Used to Like

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My only gripe with the trend memes are taking is that some memes try so hard to be anti and mocking the people who laugh at them that they end up becoming unfunny and pretentious, and seeing people act as if they're funny ironically circles back around to mocking them.

Looking back, impact font memes, as unfunny as they are today, were so innocent compared to all this 50 layers of meta humor each layer mocking the other.


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