March 3, 2009 § 2 Comments
Lolspeak is at this point seen as an internet dialect (I say sociolect, but I’m a besserwisser), not only a meme, now adays. It’s been around for three years and it still doesn’t feel too old. Only risk is that in ten years we’ll look back at these memes and find them too nerdy to laugh about.
I find it utterly fascinating how internet changes our social behaviors, humour being one of the most fundamental cornerstones of human interaction. Humour is how we connect. And right now, we connect with the help of memes from youtube and 4chan, or pictures of cute animals. I’ve myself spent hours on the phone with friends while both just flipping through cuteoverload (yeah, we didn’t have skype anyone of us.. embarrasing I know. Phone, who uses that? Ok, it was a cellphone, but still. A phone, that’s what you use in lack of intertubes.), making small giggle-noices and oohs’n’aaahs’. Before that it was … well. What was it? Anyone remember what we laughed at before we got swooped up in this tragic mushup of internet?
However, this complicates things, for people like me who writes. I can’t include memes in my fictional writing, because by the time I get it published, it’s gone and judged as pointless. It’s impossible to know on beforehand what memes will be made to icons and what will be thrown away in the next springcleaning of the servers.
XKCD did a piece on memes today (which is funny, cause he is sort of part of the meme thing.)