Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Whisper Meme

Meme: an idea that spreads through a population, taking hold like a virus. They can be harmful: racist memes that spread through a family/territory/area. Or, as in the case of faith-based religions, they can be argued to be helpful--they assist people to live happier, more peaceful lives (unless that faith-based religion likes to bash/fight other people in which case, let's go back to calling it harmful).

And in terms of internet memes, they can make you feel like you're in fourth grade, still feathering your hair the wrong way, pegging your jeans but not knowing the rubber band trick so the pant leg always falls down.

If you miss a meme, you're out. Not with it. You're hanging with the uncool crowd, and you thought you doing okay up until that point. Someone chortles and says, "But what does it meeeeean?" and everyone else says, "Double Rainbow!" And you go, huh? Then everybody trips over themselves to tell you about the funniest thing that's ever happened, anywhere, and YOU MISSED IT, and they tell you the story, and even though you don't care, you try to look like you do, because then maybe you'll be a little cooler than you were five minutes ago.

Can you tell I was one of the uncool kids? When my peers at school at school would ask if I knew the latest song, I would nod and pretend that I did. Friendship pins? No, I just didn't like wearing mine, I said, desperate to catch a glimpse of one so I could try to approximate it in private later.

And I can see the attraction of a meme, I really can. It's fun to be on the forefront of anything. "Yeah, it has five million views now but when I saw it first it had six." But I miss too many things. I get Rickrolled and I don't even know it. (But click here if you'd like to be -- wouldn't you like that?) It's a flood. No one can keep up with the coolth on the internet, so I've given up again. I keep abreast of the knitting memes as much as I can (and they exist, believe me. Clapotis! Koigu! Swallowtail!) but that's about it.

But now, because I know something that you MIGHT not know about, I have to share it with you -- did you know about whisper videos? That they're A Thing? People video themselves whispering, and people clamor for more. It seems to be some kind of relaxation fetish-y type thing, and I'm both fascinated and completely creeped out by them. I can't listen to them, can't even get through one. But there's a good example here. I think you should click. Good GOD, it's odd.

And THAT, my friends, is what the internet is for.

13 comments:

Lisa Alber said...

I'm often perplexed by the things that take off in popular culture...whisper videos? Why? But then, here I am scoffing when underneath it all, I'd now like to check one out! Hah!

Tom Neely said...

No matter what the loop is, just about, you can count on me being out of it, especially if has to do with politics or internet fads. In fact, the only loop I'm in is the "out of the loop" loop. We're nice enough folks, just a little behind on current events.

Sophie Littlefield said...

rachael, i believe you when you say you felt like one of the un cool kids. but i think you'd be surprised how many people think of you as the height of cool. you sparkle, sugar :) I could definitely relate to the "out of it" feeling....i never feel like I am in step. Never...but it becomes less important to me as time goes by

Adrienne Miller said...

OMG, that whisper video creeped the hell out of me. Seriously could only watch like twenty seconds of it before I had to turn it off. Kept thinking she was going to say, "I'm going to wait until you're asleep, creep into your bedroom and kill you." Ahhh, I'm going to have nightmares now.

Martha Flynn said...

why do the knitting memes all sound like diseases??????????????? must...google.... (and alas, yes, I'm one of those people who is like "I saw that when it had ten hits")

Veronica "Astley" Wolff said...

Forget creepariffic whisper videos. Rickrolled?! WHO KNEW???

Martha Flynn said...

Oh Veronica, there was this one awesome April Fool's day where Youtube Rickrolled EVERY SINGLE VIDEO on their site. It was grand.

Lisa said...

Too many peeps are creeped by the whisper videos, i'm not watching.

However, Rick rolling cracks me up. My kids told me about it (yes, the way to be cool now is to have teenagers) and I'm amused that they know the Rick Astley song and video from my youth. I must have been cool and didn't even know it. ;)

Rachael Herron said...

Never gonna give you up! Never gonna let you dowwwwwnnnnn!

Karen Frisa said...

There's a rubber band trick? :(

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