Memes

  • Pepe’s creator teams with the Anti-Defamation League to reclaim his chilled-out frog

    Pepe’s creator teams with the Anti-Defamation League to reclaim his chilled-out frog

    It’s been a weird few years for Pepe the Frog. A wild ride that ought to be reserved for the likes of Mr. Toad – or maybe if anyone tries to deep fry Kermit’s legs again. Anyone who knows Pepe and his creator Matt Furie knows that the pair are candidates for two of the least likely people/amphibians to show of up on a list of hate symbols. But here we are. Last last month… Read More

  • This new app lets you express your feelings with video memes, not GIFs

    This new app lets you express your feelings with video memes, not GIFs

    Today, GIFs have become a popular way communicate sentiment online and in mobile messaging, where written text doesn’t always do the job. More expressive than an emoji, these looping images let you share a specific thought or feeling with little effort. But today, a new app is launching to see if video can step in where GIFs leave off, by allowing for a different means of expression. Read More

  • The Meme Election Crunch Network

    The Meme Election

    Social media has been playing an increasingly critical role in political elections. The 2008 presidential election, dubbed the “Facebook Election,” was the first time voters could view and share debates, interviews, commercials and statements on-demand. 2012 saw the evolution continue with Barack Obama utilizing social platforms to not just distribute his message, but actually… Read More

  • Facebook Data Scientists Prove Memes Mutate And Adapt Like DNA

    Facebook Data Scientists Prove Memes Mutate And Adapt Like DNA

    Richard Dawkins likened memes to genes, but a new study by Facebook shows just how accurate that analogy is. Memes adapt to their surroundings in order to survive, just like organisms. Post a liberal meme saying no one should die for lack of healthcare, and conservatives will mutate it to say no one should die because Obamacare rations their healthcare. And nerds will make it about Star… Read More

  • The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman on Where He Finds Humor on the Web

    The Oatmeal Thinks It’s Time To Put LolCats To Sleep [TCTV]

    Matthew Inman is sick of memes about bacon and kitties. Better known as web comic artist The Oatmeal, Inman gave TechCrunch the lowdown on what’s funny, what’s not, and how he finds inspiration. In this video interview he shoots off his thoughts on 4Chan and The Harlem Shake. When asked about LolCats, he bluntly replied, “Tired of that”. Read More

  • The Science Behind Why The Harlem Shake Is So Popular

    The Science Behind Why The Harlem Shake Is So Popular

    A five-minute video? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Not to watch one, or to make one. But the Harlem Shake dance videos are capped at 30 seconds. That’s why we’re so willing to watch just one more incarnation, and why it’s easy to recruit friends to make them. The result is one of the most pervasive gags in history. A “Symbiotic Meme”, the Harlem Shake has… Read More

  • I Swear This Is The Last “Harlem Shake” Post We Do

    I Swear This Is The Last “Harlem Shake” Post We Do

    At the risk of seeming like my father, a man who will beat a dead meme into the ground long after its moment in the sun, I present to you the Harlem Shake Bookmarklet. Read More

  • How Two Undergraduates Went From Forever Alone To Thousands In Sales

    How Two Undergraduates Went From Forever Alone To Thousands In Sales

    A team of undergraduates at Queens College in New York led by Matt Sconce had a semi-bright idea: they’d make Forever Alone statuettes. Matt Scone and sculptor Sanden Henning got together to make a 3D model of the famous Forever Alone face, a sad-eyed monstrosity familiar with those with no friends and those who like to suggest their friends have no friends. The face, to be clear, is… Read More

  • Imgur, Reddit’s Favorite Photo Hosting Site, Now Serves Up Over 3.6B Pageviews To 56M Visitors Per Month

    Imgur, Reddit’s Favorite Photo Hosting Site, Now Serves Up Over 3.6B Pageviews To 56M Visitors Per Month

    There aren’t very many bootstrapped startups that can claim the kind of stats that the popular image sharing service Imgur, which won the Best Bootstrapped Crunchies award last year, can claim. Last month, it served up over 3.6 billion pageviews and 56 million unique visitors per month. When the company won the Crunchies last year, it had just hit 1 billion pageviews per month and was… Read More

  • Memes Could Hit The Silver Screen In "The Chronicles of Rick Roll"

    Move over, Chronicles of Narnia, there’s a new dreamworld of magic in town. That’s right. Andrew Fischer, CEO of Colorado-based marketing company NURV, has recruited a stellar cast of Meme-lebrities, including Antoine Dodson of Hide Yo Wife, Hide Yo Kids fame, Double Rainbow videographer Paul Vasquez, Brian Collins (the “Boom goes the dynamite” kid), and “Numa… Read More

  • A List Of The Best Of The Best Meme Lists Of 2010

    In this decade the Internet replaced television as our primary mode of disseminating culture. Many people are more familiar with Antoine Dodson’s “Hide your kids/Hide your wife” than any catchphrase currently on television (Remember the days of being able to say stuff you heard on TV like “No soup for you” or “Don’t have a cow, man” and have… Read More

  • What Is A Meme?

    From “Leave Britney Alone” to “Chocolate Rain,” let’s face it, we love these things. I know I’m not the only one here who’s had that Bed Intruder “Hide your kids, hide your wife” verse stuck in my head for as long as I can remember (“He’s climbing in your windows …”). And I’m not even going to get into… Read More

  • Three JPEG moon T-shirt: meta meta meta ironic

    We all know what the Three Wolf Moon shirt looks like, so I won’t link it here. But did you know that it was actually made up of not one, but four separate images? True fact is true! Read More

  • Today's video meme Is "Violent Mac vs. PC Ad," please react accordingly

    When you’re a Mac you’re a Mac/You’re a Mac all the way/From your first cigarette to your last dying day. Slightly NSFW. via BBG Read More

  • Video: Weezer's latest is all about the YouTube

    Let me start by saying I’m one of the biggest Weezer fans in the world. Or was. Weezer is like that friend you’ve had for years who keeps stealing from you, and you know they do it, but they never fess up, but you keep being their friend because you know that deep down they might still be good inside. Or at least you hope they are. This is the new video for the first single of… Read More

  • Internet people: Theoretically millionaires

    http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:southparkstudios.com:165195:: Canadians on strike! Pandas sneezing! Butt stuff! South Park, America’ favorite show most of us claim to watch but barely watch anymore, made fun of the writers strike, Internet celebrity, and Canada all in the same episode. Vwag found a few choice clips, including a NSFW one after the jump, and proves that those… Read More