Yes, humans of the internet, pop culture has an interesting way of playing itself out in our modern age. From light topics such as bendable luxury smartphones and Kim Kardashian’s butt, to satirical ones like loadshedding and Oscar Pistorius, we love to express ourselves using memes.
In 2014, memes reached a nadir, evolving along with the events they concerned themselves with. We’ve rounded-up some of the ones which stood out the most over the last 12 months.
Twitter dubbed this the most popular selfie of 2014, and it was certainly the most retweeted tweet of all time. TV host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a selfie of herself and a group of other celebrities including Kevin Spacey to Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep at the Oscars. The photo was retweeted over 3.3 million times and favourited by 2 million.
The annual celebration of Apple’s much-awaited iPhones faced a big hiccup after people discovered their devices’ flexibility wasn’t a new feature — but a major flaw instead.
Barry Roux’s “I put it to you!”
The trial of convicted Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius certainly had South Africa, and the world, on its toes for the better of the year. Although Pistorius did get more than his fair share of satire-turned-ridicule on social media, it was his lawyer Barry Roux who ended-up getting the most limelight. With his thick South African accent and frequent use of the expression “I put it to you”, people loved him.
If that left you in doubt about the current state of humanity, then maybe this might cheer you up a bit.
NekNominations started out as a viral nomination game where people around social media chugged alcohol doing random (often stupidly extreme) things and challenge their friends to do the same. Oh, peer pressure in the 21st century!
American goalie Tim Howard saved 16 shots during a match against Belgium during the Soccer World Cup 2014. Of course, if one man can achieve such an incredible feat, it’s bound to spark the imagination of the internet’s folk about what else he’s capable of.
South African electricity provider Eskom has been putting the country through a tough few weeks after it was forced to implement loadshedding across the country. As you can imagine, South Africans weren’t pleased and quickly turned to satire:
Much like the NekNominations sparked online tagging, US non-profit ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association well over US$15.6-million in donation after people around the globe nominated each other to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads.
Famous faces soon joined in on the fun with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg among those who took part.
Jacques grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Keen to take over the world, one word at a time, he has always been interested in both politics and development and studied International Relations (BA) at Stellenbosch University. With an interest in innovation and social change, he seeks to tell the... More