Everyone likes a good meme to look at, a funny picture with a dumb joke to give the reader a good chuckle. Memes have been a part of internet culture since the early 2000s with iconic OGs such as “Charlie Bit My Finger” or “Ermahgerd” memes. Memes have evolved from basic to the weird uncomprehendable but still funny humour of today. There are different levels of memes like the Facebook mom minion memes or the fad memes like the Minecraft ones at the moment. Although memes are all fun and jokes they are starting to cross into reality and affecting our personal IRL decisions. Meme culture has evolved to such a weird level that do we even know where it ends?
Anyone remember the strange olden days of Harambe a few years back? The random story of a Gorilla being euthanized that made its way into everyones hearts? Ya that Harambe, the one that like literal thousands of people voted for in the write-in spot in the last US presidential election. How does that even happen? A meme that was entertaining the first like day it existed lived on to affect peoples lives? Or in more recent news the Area 51 raid. A Facebook event went viral with the joke “If a big group raids Area 51 they can’t stop us all” and in September of this year hundreds to thousands of people showed up with joking signs and costume attire (sourced from the trending Twitter page). People spent actual money on gas and plane tickets and costumes to provide a joke? Or did they really want to participate in an illegal action?
What does this mean? Are memes evolving into an invisible line between real and online? A good thing coming from this is memes create trends which could bring social awareness to a problem and could bring people and communities together (like to clap those alien cheeks), but a bad side to this could be that we might’ve had a deceased Gorilla as a US president. It’s all fun and games now but really, one day could we go too far with internet nonsense?
Tell me what ya’ll think in the comments. Do you like internet meme humour? Do you think memes are funny social media jokes or just plain dumb? Do you think one day we could vote a meme as Prime Minister? Now lets just sit back and see where the internet takes us…