Too Old for The Internet: Meme Illiteracy

College Humor published an image a while back that basically summarizes the memes and celebrities that have defined “The Internet” over the past few years. See the interactive version here. Here it is in image form:


I was surprised to see that I only knew about 10% of the memes referenced, even with the legend. Some of them vaguely sounded familiar, but the vast majority looked like a door into a Hunter S Thomson-like universe I’ve never visited.

This is one way to see the internet: a mosh pit of absurdity and wit. The thought that these characters have garnered billions of views on various social sites reminds me once again that I have no grasp of who we are as species.

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