ALL YOUR MEME ARE BELONG TO US
Nicolas Cage, the man whose face launched a thousand memes, publicly addressed his Internet fame at a widely attended SXSW panel in the Austin Convention Center this morning.
Most of Mr. Cage’s conversation, which was led by Joe director David Gordon Green, focused on the renowned actor’s delightfully diverse film career. Read More
New York City Marathon
Anybody with a Twitter or Facebook account is practically bathing in memes all day, whether they like it or not, so we all know a meme when we see it. But if this video is any indication, we have no idea how to explain it.
Comedy writer/director Alex J. Mann proves as much with his YouTube video, “What’s a Meme?” He was inspired when the topic of memes came up during a holiday meal. He was asked to explain what a meme is, and couldn’t do it.
YOU GOT MEME'D
If you have been spending your days reading only the A section of The New York Times lately, we can forgive you for thinking that this weekend’s NYC marathon might be canceled over something as mercurial as a hurricane. After all, that’s what Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said today: That holding a major event in a city while its still reeling from a crisis is potentially not the best idea. (Although hey, it certainly would be the fastest way to get over any of New York’s bridges.)
And that makes sense, at least on the surface. But dig a little deeper … say, to Thursday Styles, and you’ll find out the real reason people don’t want to spend Sunday running around a ghost town. They’re afraid someone will take a stupid picture of them.
Jonah Peretti’s Hollywood Kabbalah Center of Internet Memes—better known to the general public as Buzzfeed—has been the target of a few sardonic, condescending takes on their business, by critics, casual observers, and media pundits alike, some of them well-reasoned, others being generally piss-poor (see above).
MEMES OF MEMES
Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s preternatural fear and loathing of All Things Internet recently flared up during a press interview for The Newsroom. It has now been turned into a meme.
Fashion Week Observed
Jonah Peretti’s meme-spewing startup recently launched an original content initiative, which is already successful if not for the way in which they can simply memes by hiring people. With sharpened poaching-spears in hand, Peretti has taken from Politico (with Subject #1: Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith), Gawker, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, New York, and surely a bunch of others that are difficult to keep track of. Until now!
Occupy Wall Street
Scene: Lincoln Center, Mercedes-Benz Lounge after Mara Hoffman‘s Saturday show.
Fashion Blogger One: Have you seen that “Shit Fashion Girls Say” video??
Fashion Blogger Two: So funny!
FB One and Two: (in unison) “Oh my god, I love truffle fries!”
The recent downtown occupation of frustrated, furry creatures protesting the unseen hands and strings that literally control them has become, against all expectations, violent. One wouldn’t think, given their peaceful dedication to teaching children everything from the value of being somebody to the value of the number six. And yet, the police state of Sesame Street has shown them no mercy.
Memes are Buzzfeed’s business–the New York company tracks the Internet’s celebrity obsessions, favored news items and inside jokes in real time, similar to a Digg or a Reddit.
But Buzzfeed is trying to position itself as an aggregator for all the mememakers and memewatchers on the Internet. The company announced a “pop culture Read More
Goodness, look what the internet has done now. The Observer has learned that a search for the random number “241543903″ in Google’s Images search leads down a wormhole into a Dadaist conspiracy: the “heads in freezers” meme.
The meme peaked in March, but was revived recently by a post on Tumblr, according to meme-detective Jay Read More