Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Memes of 2018-2019: The Defining Jokes of a Generation column by Noah Justus

Memes. A rising cultural phenomenon that helps define the current generation. Each  year brings a plethora of odd but comical internet inside jokes. This past school year is no exception to this.

August- Johnny Johnny
Stemming from the popular children’s channel on YouTube, Million Dollar Surprise, Johnny Johnny took the internet by storm with its off-putting animation and poorly translated dialogue.
Photo by Million Dollar Surprise
September- Roblox Kanye and Lil Pump
Everything about about this video is meme worthy. The absurd clothing concept, the off color lyrics, and even the catchy chorus. This meme lingered months after its peak due to its starpower.
photo by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

October- (Returning Favorite) Spooky Scary Skeleton
Every year this meme seems to fight its way to the top of the October memes. This meme features a low quality clip of a man dressed as a pumpkin dancing to the song “Spooky Scary Skeleton”.
photo by Channel 4 (THE CW)

November- Surprised Pikachu
Reaction memes are the most common out of all memes created in the past few years. Surprised Pikachu is the prime example. The surprised simplistic face can cover a variety of emotions that can be applied to many situations.
December- Sprite Cranberry
This meme appeared out of nowhere last December and returned with a vengeance this year. It features Lebron breaking into a family’s home and cooling them down with the advertised beverage.
Photo by The Coca Cola Company
January- Big Chungus
The first year of the new year features a clip of bugs bunny changing his appearance to imitate his hunter in a mocking fashion. It has garnered a lot of hatred over the past three months due to overuse.
photo by Warner Bros

February- Ultra Instinct Shaggy
This meme was months in the making but only exploded recently. This meme features the beloved the Hanna Barbera cartoon character completing impossible tasks with minimal effort.
March- LET ME IIIIIIN!!!!!
“Let Me In” is a video meme with footage taken from the Adult Swim Show, The Eric Andre Show. It usually used to make light of situations where something is unattainable.
photo by Adult Swim

April- Tuxedo Winnie the Pooh
The most recent meme this year is in a twin panel format similar the the “Let Me In” meme. The first panel features a normal Winnie the Pooh sitting in a chair. The second being the eccentric and classy version of the first panel. It is used to compare and two similar things.
photo by Disney