By James Prumos, Trending Writer
The rise of the internet has allowed for various ways of communication that were not possible in previous decades. One of these is the meme. The word means an idea or behavior that spreads from person to person within a culture, but it can also refer to amusing videos, posts, and images that spread across the internet, according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. Many memes, such as Pepe, dat boi, and Primitive Sponge were made and shared across the internet during the height of their popularity, but now their popularity has been greatly diminished. While the Harambe meme is currently very popular, like the memes that came before it, its popularity can plummet within a few months or even a few weeks.
One reason why the Harambe meme may fall in popularity is if people start to get tired of it. The meme has been posted on various social media platforms over the past month or so, and there is already a vocal group of people that think the meme is offensive and disrespectful. According to Vox, the Cincinatti Zoo has gotten sick of the Harambe memes, and removed their accounts on Facebook and Twitter because of the widespread proliferation of Harambe memes. “I hope it dies off,” says freshman Isaiah Guevara. “I think it’s a stupid meme, that’s all it is.”
The proliferation of a meme over the death of a gorilla points to how future controversial stories can lead to memes. “There’s no boundaries anymore,” says Guevara. Some story that is even more shocking than the death of Harambe is eventually going to come up, and people will start to make memes for that story.
The world of the Internet is the world of the most unassuming things, which get their 15 minutes of fame; memes also fall into this category. The Harambe meme and the controversy surrounding it will most likely fade away once some other meme or shocking news story becomes widespread. For those that dislike the meme and find it annoying, disrespectful, or dumb, just be patient; it will go away soon enough. For those that still find enjoyment in the meme, enjoy it while you can.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, September 27th print edition.
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