How to Kill a Meme in Only 6 Days

How internet trends are “killed” by mainstream media

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How to Kill a Meme in Only 6 Days

Peter Quinn, Opionion Editor

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“Here comes dat boi” is a phrase that you might have chuckled at a couple months ago, but now even the slightest mention of it makes you cringe. This is all thanks to something I like to call the “mainstream media.”maxresdefault

Now, some may not be as familiar with these internet trends as others. A “meme” is a word used to describe a picture or trend that is often used on the internet in a widespread manner; memes are usually very random and don’t make any sense. One common meme, as I mentioned earlier, was, “Here comes dat boi,” which is a phrase associated with a frog riding a unicycle. To most adults who don’t spend a lot of their time on the Internet, this probably sounds bizarre and not funny at all.

These memes often start on smaller websites or apps, such as iFunny or Reddit. They start becoming popular when they hit Twitter. Here, after about a week or so, they become stale and overused. Finally, Twitter regurgitates the meme and Facebook picks it up for all the parents to see.

The ones who2b69d21740304e9f871c90a6aadc7d14 really kill it, even after Facebook gets hold of it, are news sources and politicians. Now, “Pokemon Go” is not a meme, but it was a popular game among younger generations. Of course, Hillary Clinton picked up on this. During one of her speeches, she went ahead and said, “We should teach people not to play ‘Pokemon Go,’ but ’Pokemon Go’-to-the-polls.” This is a prime example of an older political figure taking something the younger generations are into and turning it into a cringey Internet joke.

One occasion that was even worse (if that’s possible) developed when Gary Johnson tried to cater to younger voters. His wonderful ad designers made an ad saying, “Here come dat Gary!” along with a picture Gary Johnson riding a unicycle the same way the frog did. If anything, this was just embarrassing.

It is better for the older generations – as in most of our parents – to just steer clear of these internet trends and memes. Remember that, by the time they appear on Facebook, they are probably viewed as “dead memes.”

There’s not much we can do about this dilemma. The moral is this: if you have a good meme, keep it on the down-low and don’t let the mainstream media burn your jokes to pieces.