Will Smith's Aladdin Genie Is Already a Meme

Will Smith's Aladdin Genie Is Already a Meme

Maybe by the time Disney releases the film on May 24 the blue will be better. Until then, Twitter will be busy turning images of Smith's Genie into everything from Jack Nicholson's character from The Shining to remixes of the Star Is Born meme from last year.

What We Like When We Like Eggs on Instagram

What We Like When We Like Eggs on Instagram

Eleven days ago, the anonymous Instagram account world_record_egg posted its first image, what appears to be a simple stock photo of . In an era of rampant spam, thirst traps , and stolen memes , the egg became popular by straightforwardly asking for likes and nothing else.

Marie Kondo Is All of Us in This Year of Self-Optimization

Marie Kondo Is All of Us in This Year of Self-Optimization

In 2019, meme creators are abandoning the typical resolution, which so often feels like a list of personal failings, for something more technical, informed, and designed to hack the human psyche: a quest for subtle shifts that will radically change the way you perceive your world, a kind of psychic weighted blanket to mollify 2019’s inevitable crises.

The 2018 Internet Moments That Made Being Online Worth It

The 2018 Internet Moments That Made Being Online Worth It

In April, actor Adam Pally took the stage at the 11th annual Shorty Awards in New York City with a blinkered expression on his face, as though he'd just realized he was at an event honoring achievements in categories like "Native Advertising" and "Twitter Presence." Pally's response was less savage than it was self-loathingly honest: "Why are people getting awards?" he asked to a room full of Instagram celebs and marketing execs.

The Infinite Lifespan of Memes

The Infinite Lifespan of Memes

One of the more famous reworks—with over 50 million loops—features one young Vine user volleying the question to his grandmother, to which she deadpans: "They are my Crocs." In February of this year, the meme reached peak zeitgeist when the line was featured in Black Panther.

SpongeBob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Left a Legacy in Memes

SpongeBob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Left a Legacy in Memes

Imagining the web without Hillenburg’s creation is like imagining it without Google or Facebook (where at least one post in your feed on any given day would feature SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward or another undersea character.) The show is simply part of online culture's fabric—a part that Hillenburg, who died today at age 57 after a battle with ALS, built whether he knew he was doing it or not.“SpongeBob is one of the most significant television series in meme history,” says Know Your Meme managing editor Don Caldwell, noting that the show currently has 90 sub-entries and some 290 entry search results related to the show—that's more documented memes than either The Simpsons or My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Despite the challenges they bring, some social platforms are already using AI to analyze memes, including Facebook, which this week shared details about how it uses a tool called Rosetta to analyze photos and videos that contain text.Facebook says it already uses Rosetta to help automatically detect content that violates things like its hate speech policy.

Enter the Age of Borderless Memes

Enter the Age of Borderless Memes

It isn’t really an outlier, either: Mukbang is just one of Asia’s most successful entrants to a new class of global internet phenomena—simple visual- and video-focused memes that are so basic in their appeal that the boundaries of geography and culture don’t apply.In just over a year, mukbang has shifted from a Youtube niche to a mainstream trope—a high-calorie riff on the haul video.