It's not a dream, Leo! One of the longest running internet memes has been at the expense of Leonardo DiCaprio's lack of an Oscar win. Which is a bittersweet nod to the actor implying that he is very deserving of one, but since it hasn't happened yet, why not make jokes at his expense? Well, that all came crashing down on Sunday when the Internet collectively exploded over DiCaprio's win for his performance in The Revenant. The Internet is left to ponder, "What will we make fun of next?"
For the uninitiated (or people who just have a life in general), memes are a concept that was birthed by the Internet. A meme (/ˈmiːm/ meem) is "an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture". A common misconception is that a meme is just one of those photos with big white bold text layered over it; but if you thought that was so, you wouldn't be far off.
I remember when I was a kid I said something that made a room full of people laugh. I had an intense sense of euphoria and continued to tell the same joke repeatedly to the same crowd hoping for the same reaction (also known as 'insanity'). In order to offset my social awkwardness, my father told me that a joke is typically funny just the first time; the second may get a small laugh; and by the third, it's usually been beaten into the ground. "We've heard that one before."
The same concept applies to a meme. But just like the best jokes, they happen naturally, we enjoy them for a time, and then they get old. The meme lifecycle is just another example of human nature. When something new and exciting comes out we hug it to death. Then it just becomes another 'thing' taken for granted that BETTER WORK WHEN I NEED IT TO, like my WiFi, smartphone, car, utilities, and on and on and on...
Check out the GIF below to get a general sense of how these memes work and where they go to die. The Internet has its "top men working on them."
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