I Can Has Meme-less Interwebs?

Posted: May 1, 2014 in Podcast, Viral
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meme I’ve ranted a good bit lately about things on the world wide web that make my brain hurt — from the impending end of net neutrality in America, to every news site adopting Upworthy-style clickbait headlines, to our current meme culture. I’m not saying I have taken any action on the first, don’t still click on the second, and never partake in the third. It’s just fascinating, and often maddening, to watch how web trends ebb and flow.

The latter topic, meme culture and the Internet hive mind, is something this week’s installment of The Cracked Podcast dissected pretty well. If you’ve never heard their podcast, it plays almost like a free-form version of an episode of their web series I’m terribly fond of, After Hours.

Jack O’Brien, Cody Johnston, and After Hours cast member Soren Bowie have a pretty good discussion about how memes started out as the secret handshake of the Internet — a way to let your peers know that you, too, were up to date on the latest cat macros and misspelled quotes from Japanese video games. But memes are not what they once were. They’ve changed. The Internet’s changed. Somewhere along the lines our tubes got clogged with manufactured memes, which led to planking, Tebowing and all sorts of other crap that spread purely because people wanted to see their faces on the news. I thought it was a conversation worth sharing:


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Today’s Distractions
Listening: Phantogram — “Voices”
Streaming: The Sklar Brothers: What Are We Talking About?

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