@pepsiwine Thanks autocorrect. My comment was supposed to read "Keep Calm and (blank) On" but somehow the computer program that thinks it's smarter than me thought I meant to remove the word "blank". Stupid fucking dumbass computers. Get your AI shit together and stop being so conde-fucking-scending.
As a forewarning there is a mini-rant ahead: I hate the 'Merica meme. I know occasionally people mean it with heart and love of their country, but at base it is, in my opinion, a hateful meme. I guess I'm a patriot and I love my country. The " 'Merica" meme is meant as a statement that America is a country filled with gun-toting red necks and ignorant hicks too stupid to see how terrible their country is. I see it used all too often by someone thinking they are clever, witty, and cool. It's lazy bigotry wrapped in a condescending candy shell meant to make you smile. I realize not everyone has the same passion for the U.S.A. or level of annoyance at this meme. To me though, it's pretentious jackassary. It's a college level attitude that shows an egotistical mind trying to fool itself into thinking it has said something clever. It's along the lines of "cool story bro." I want to reach out and smack everyone who has used it thinking they somehow made a salient point about the country or its people. I wish it didn't get to me, but I admit it does.
@bluejester@dis_member Warning, rant ahead. With respect (truly) and not wanting to get into a political throwdown here, I think you're getting this exactly backward. Having used the meme myself (I try not to do it often, but sometimes it fits), the point is exactly that I care about my country, I'm proud of the values it at least claims to stand for and I'm tired of the caricature 'Muricans are turning it into. Indeed, 'Murica is most often a response to unthinking, flag-waving, "if you don't like it (read: if you don't agree with me), leave" "patriotism." I for one am tired of the "liberals (and others who dare to criticize--funny, it used to be the president, now it's usually a talking head on TV or a disgraced ex-politician--my prototype 'Murican) hate America" meme. Part of what makes this country *actually * great--and one of its oldest and most enduring legacies--is its capacity for self-critique, its celebration of dissent and its rich and varied history of satire and self-mockery. And the values I thought we stood for include democracy, pluralism, civil liberties and the protection of minority rights. When I call out 'Murica, I'm saying that my country deserves--and we, Americans--can do better. /rant
Honestly, it's not the memes that are getting to me, it's the hyperbole in headlines. The new thing is recipe links with titles like, "What happened when this woman put just two ingredients in the microwave will amaze you...."
And if you look, it's a recipe for microwave fudge. The same damned recipe that has been around since basically microwave ovens. It was popular in 1978, for goodness sake!
I guess I'm not of the popular opinion, but I love just about every meme. It's funny to see them in real life, too. One of our development sprint teams here is named the Philosoraptors. I think it's awesome.
Can we just acknowledge that memes are cliches and icons (ritual metaphors) and that like cliches and icons, sometimes they sum up an idea or a feeling better than our other mediocre attempts at expression, but that after a while, the over-exposure wears on us and it's (the exposure is) actually very much a matter of personal experience? Can we?
It's about context mostly.
Honestly, this is the place I've seen all of these memes more than anywhere else. And usually they're at least not totally irritating.
This reminds me of growing up in fundamentalist Protestantism and being a little envious of all of the cool symbolism going on in Catholicism. Which, yeah, I eventually got over.
Not sure it counts as a meme, but the Trivago guy is lightin' my fire these days. He's gone from hobo to melting my soul. I want him to know that I've noticed. And I want the Trivago people to keep putting him in more commercials - maybe have him lift something heavy with his biceps while wearing a tight t-shirt, and pushups - pushups would be good. Do it.
Speaking of MEMEMEMEME I think my city's weather blog is also run by Medicore, or maybe more than just a handful of businesses are starting to see community and lightening the hell up is a much better work atmosphere. Link of today's weather for example. http://wxornotbg.com/