Posts tagged as memes

This Russian Filmmaker Invented Response Memes 100 Years Ago

Ah, internet memes. Depending who you are, they’re what you make online and talk about with your buddies at school, what your goddamn kid won’t stop looking at at the dinner table, or the things you mock when you’re being an ironic piece of shit online. But we can all agree: memes are the best! Or the absolute most awful worst! In any case, memes work because of a particular weird psychological effect filmmakers have been consciously manipulating since the late 1910s.

A “meme,” properly speaking, is “a gene in the realm of the idea,” which is a complicated definition you can look up if you want. But language is [...]

Left Handed Radio: 'The Martial Arts'

On this episode: We're sponsored by Blendy's and their new menus of delicious treats, Kathy Clairol shows us some improbably reversable fashion accessories, guest preacher Hank Merryweather debunks your restless legs, Gumpton Maritime Bugles provides a handy audio user guide, we check in with a publicly-funded radio's morning zoo crew, two youngsters run out of videos to watch, a racy college nickname is beyond the logic of humans, and a man dreams of gastric bypass surgery.

This month's show was written and performed by Adam Bozarth, Dan Chamberlain, Matt Little, Taylor Moore, and Anna Rubanova with special guest performers Neil Casey, Frank Hejl, Kate Riley, and Laura Willcox, with [...]

So a Corporation Has Stolen Your Joke

In my fulltime job as Humor Editor for Groupon, I’m confronted daily by how difficult it can be to make a large company’s social media presence seem funny and engaging, especially to a broad demographic that might not all share the same sense of humor. It’s a brave new world out there for marketing departments trying to develop an “internetty” sense of humor on the fly, and even a casual glance reveals more misses than hits.

Despite technically getting paid to write jokes—a complete travesty that would have lead any other culture in the history of the world to put me to death by now for being a waste [...]

Quest For A Meme: Trump Trollface

The internet is fueled by topicality. Humor seems to drive the most popular memes and viral content. As a reader, hitting your favorite aggregators everyday, you are bound to see the next Sad Keanu or Scumbag Steve. Those oddball pics are quickly photoshopped or captioned in a game of one upsmanship for all of those skilled enough to participate. Single serving tumblrs pop up every week inviting viewers to see variations on Buscemi Eyes or Socially Awkward Penguin. Universal characters like the FFFFFUUUUUU guy or Forever Alone allow the internet as a collective whole to play along and get a chance to get reblogged. This visual joke telling has [...]

Shit X Says: The State of a Meme at the End of Its Life (Hopefully)

It all began on December 12, 2011.

That's when "Shit Girls Say" was uploaded to YouTube and nearly broke the Internet when it was picked up by Reddit, the Huffington Post, and pretty much every other website, too. A month and a half later, it's racked up over 12 million views. "Shit Girls Say" began as a Twitter account created by Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard, before they, along with some help from Juliette Lewis, put together the 79-second video that almost instantly "changed" the Internet, for better or worse (worse). Ever since, hundreds of parodies have popped up online, ranging from the inevitable "Shit Black Girls [...]