Culture defines an era and the internet is our time’s Rosetta Blog. While the cultural touchstones might be ephemeral and fleeting, we have to realise and appreciate the journey that brought us here. An insignificant event or idea can gradually evolve into a complicated and awesome product that needs to be recognised. We need to embrace the year for what it has given us and Memeburn is proud to bring you (in no particular order) the Best Memes of 2010.
Still not sure what a meme is? It’s an idea or belief, or pattern of behaviour that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media).
Or, as UrbanDictionary puts it, it’s the thing that’s on your mind when nothing else is and your fingers are on a keyboard.
Sarah Palin has the grace of an epileptic swan and her mastery of the English language was brought to the forefront with her splendid use of portmanteau in a word mash up of historic proportions. Repudiate + Refute = Refudiate. Genius in a Rain man sort of way.
This spawned a Twitter craze. The trending topic #shakespalin was born, where tweeple replace Shakespearean quotes with Palin-isms.
“@spsenski: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some are just picked by John McCain’s aides.” #shakespalin”
No-one makes ghetto living more lyrical than Alabama-born Antoine Dodson. After a home invasion, a local American news channel broadcast Antoine and his sister’s account of the event. Like Romeo and Jequisha, their tale of intrigue and suspense was one narrated with an illegally obtained poetic license. And it was begging for a remix. Thanks to the Gregory Brothers, the Bed Intruder Song was born.
The Fifa World Cup will never be the same again. The monotonous drone of the vuvuzela captured a nation’s heart and the world’s frustration. The backing “track” to the world cup, vuvuzelas, has become one of the strangest memes in football history.
The vuvuzela has been transformed into an iPhone App (with over 1 million downloads), Online Flash Games with YouTube getting in on the world cup hype by placing a vuvuzela button below some videos. It also became the first ever World Cup twitter trending topic.
While camping, the beautiful ray of sunshine named Paul Vasquez chances on a glimpse of a rainbow. A trip to the mountains is always special, but should you chance upon not only one but a Double Rainbow, an emotional breakdown is in order. He spends an hour videotaping, and marveling at the natural splendor and narrates his excitement.
This meme just doesn’t die. But who isn’t bemused by the random-cat-related memes that endlessly circulate around the net?
The warning signs should have been seen before the e-TV interview between AWB secretary-general Andre Visagie and Chris Maroleng, however this didn’t prevent the pair from diving into the shallowest of gene pools and cracking their heads on stupidity.
When I was a youth, my school days were spent getting consolation awards like “due diligence” (the sympathy vote). So here are some that didn’t make the list but deserve their 15 minutes of fame.
Being a dickhead is cool: The BEST video of the year sees a catchy song poking fun at those hipster kids.
Buble-raptor: Micheal Buble is stalked by a velociraptor. Do I need to say anything more!
Lesbians who look like Justin Bieber: because Sinéad O’Connor cant have all the fun.
Wobble girl: After receiving a flu shot, this poor girl contracted a vaccine-induced dystonia and was unable to walk forward. But since the rumors are that she is faking and this is all a hoax for a court case, don’t feel guilty for laughing. Especially the interview when her accent changes which is hilarious.
Fred the raver: A cute 3 year old “drum and bass facing” to some intense music.