During last night’s Presidential debate, Mitt Romney made a statement regarding “binders full of women.” Here’s the obligatory fact check on that (SPOILER ALERT: he’s lying), and the obligatory image gallery of funny pictures with words on them generated by Tumblr users.
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UPDATE: I want to clarify the message of this post. What I’m talking about here is not a call for the end of anybody’s good time. I’m simply making mention of an observed cultural shift – a changing trend. The first murmurs of this trend were touched on by some just following ROFLcon, but now Google Insights data corroborates those hunches.
Update 2: Reactions and further qualifications have been posted here.
Looking at the chart below and thinking about what it means makes me tired. In red, we have people Googling “Anonymous” mostly in response to stories about the loose “hacktivist” collective. And in blue, we have people Googling “meme” mostly looking for information about Internet Memes. You know the kinds, usually taking the form of Advice Animals, Rage Comics, LOLcats, all of the stuff that became popular in concert with the rise of Anonymous. Together, it’s all part of what a lot of us came to call “Internet culture,” meme culture, the ROFLsphere, etc.
Well, if there’s one thing that can be ascertained from this chart, it’s that as of February, “memes” have reached a ceiling. At the very least the phase of exponential growth that lasted from 2008 until about last January is over. And if there’s a second thing to be learned, it’s that Anonymous (or at least what we knew as the lulz-driven Anonymous) is effectively dead.
I have this bad habit of ignoring the fact that I’m hungry when I’m working. I wait until the hunger grows to anger before I finally find something edible and wolf it down like a pissed off… wolf.
My girlfriend hates that. “Did you even taste it?” she aks me.
But I know that I’m not alone. To prove it, I’ve created eatingangrily.tumblr.com and uploaded a bunch of stolen images from various places around the web. And if you feel so inclined, you can submit your own photos of yourself eating something angrily. It’ll be fun. After it goes up you can send a link to your friends and say, “look at me! My picture was featured on eating angrily dot tumblr dot com and now I’m an internet celebrity and/or meme! That makes me sort of famous!”
Before you know it, some larger website will give it a new name like “Angreating” and then, under it’s new name, the craze will sweep the nation. “Angreating” will become “the new Shamrocking” before morphing into a dangerously competitive version of its former self. People will start eating things normally thought inedible, like drywall and bricks, all while scowling and grimacing harder and harder until someone finally dies of a simultaneous aneurism and burnt esophagus.
And we’ll all laugh about it, then get pissed off again and demolish some falafels. Oh! It’ll be a hoot!
Before I forget, here are those photos of people eating angrily.
Josh Fonner has been interviewed several times about coping with becoming a “fat goth” meme. Slacktory’s Nick Douglas asked him to write an open letter to Heidi Crowter, the girl whose face is on the “I can count to potato” meme. He also wrote to her mother:
“You talked about how distraught the knowledge of this meme made your daughter, and if I’m being 100% honest here, the person to blame for that is you.”