Today I thought quite a bit about internet memes. It first started at work this morning when I found out that the management of the clothes store that I work at are offering a cash prize to the branch who can make the best Harlem shake video. (Nice one Jack & Jones, jumping on the bandwagon a month or so late, stay classy guys).
This bothers me since memes by their very nature grow rapidly and then once they’ve reached a peak they then drift off into obscurity only to be replaced by the next big thing, or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work.
The Harlem shake, like planking, Chuck Norris facts, “I took an arrow to the knee” and countless other memes before it is living beyond it’s natural lifespan, as an outlet for creativity it has nothing further to give, we have reached saturation point.
Am I the only one who thinks that memes should be allowed to slink away quietly to die with dignity?
I may actually cry if I spoil the plot of The Dark Knight Rises before I see it tomorrow. The night is dark and full of spoilers.