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Does it bother you when internet memes go mainstream?


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#1 Silpheed2K

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:10

I've been on the internet for a while. I remember when the internet was just filled with a bunch of hobby sites for people who loved doing niche things. These days though, the internet is a part of our entire culture as a society. That said, does it ever bug you when you see internet memes acted out by people in real life? Specifically, people of the older generation who didn't exactly have the internet when they were growing up. I mean it takes me a second to process elderly people singing and dancing to Psy - Gangnam Style; or even seeing it played and talked about on national television or older forms of media, like the radio. I mean MTV even invited Psy on one of their award shows, in a sad effort to stay relevant, even though MTV primarily doesn't play music videos anymore and has been surpassed by internet video.

I really have to ask this because, am I the only one freaked out when older people start doing strange things they found on the internet? I remember when the internet was mostly considered a nerdy thing to do, but that has really changed as time progressed and social media became more of a thing.

Also, my question is not just limited to older people, but people who don't primarily do anything tech related and are "average everyday" people. Everybody has a smart phone with internet in their pockets these days and I just gotta know the opinions of some of you, cause I know Neowin is a very old community and I've been coming here for a while. (ignore my account registration)


#2 Anibal P

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:16

I have no problem with it, just shows how truly universal the internet has become to society as a whole

#3 Guth

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:18

Doesn't bother me in the slightest.

If it bothered someone then they'd remind me on the people on 4chan complaining that other sites steal memes from them. its like "its ours and you cant do it/say it/whatever"

#4 McKay

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:20

Doesn't bother me in the slightest.

If it bothered someone then they'd remind me on the people on 4chan complaining that other sites steal memes from them. its like "its ours and you cant do it/say it/whatever"


That happened when the people on 9GAG then claimed ownership of said memes and accused 4Chan of "stealing" them. To each their own, in the end I like that they are out there because it means more people can get enjoyment out of them.

#5 grayscale

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:25

Not at all. Why should I? Because they "don't belong?" Meh :/

I'm not good with analogies but this is like when some iPhone users hating when Instagram became available to Android.

#6 f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:30

No, not really. :)

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:36

Nope , but obviously the OP thinks internet srs bizness .

Get a life , or are memes all you have to worry about ? Internet is for everyone and you dont own the memes so anyone can use them. The Internets not your personal army so dont lay claim to it or how its used. Im amused that you think you have to be l33t or something to use them.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:44

No, it doesn't bother me because I'm an adult.

#9 Colin McGregor

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:45

Nope , but obviously the OP thinks internet srs bizness .

Get a life , or are memes all you have to worry about ? Internet is for everyone and you dont own the memes so anyone can use them. The Internets not your personal army so dont lay claim to it or how its used. Im amused that you think you have to be l33t or something to use them.

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#10 Arceles

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:48

The internet as it is now it's nothing compared to what it was back in 1998... after that it became just a phantom of what it was, this however hasn't changed much from that point onward.

#11 pes2013

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 22:55

The internet is now a part of ours lives. Its not a choice anymore. Which is a good thing but at the same time a bad thing. It will get worst and worst...

#12 vetCalum

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 23:13

I think it's better when they go mainstream. I usually think it's better when something goes mainstream.

#13 Kriz

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 23:16

I think South Park covered the majority of the 'memes' subject :laugh:

#14 redvamp128

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 00:47

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No the question that should bother you is that when you do your mem and no one pays it any attention (not my cats BTW)

#15 Raa

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 00:49

Internet meme's don't always bother me, but when they do...