Thank Teens For Dank Memes: Disloyal Man…

Each week, Social Strategist Roze Pirvany finds the dankest of all current memes, investigates its origins and relevance to online culture, and shares her findings to the agency in a feature called Thank Teens For Dank Memes.

Now, we’re sharing them with you…

 

This week’s feature, “Disloyal Man Walking With His Girlfriend and Looking Amazed at Another Seductive Girl”, features a man walking with his girlfriend who has turned to check out another woman. The image itself is a stock photo, and users have overlaid text to label the three people in it.

 

In the case of “Disloyal Man…”, the first version to take off in Western social media is where the man is labelled as “The Youth”, walking with “Capitalism”, who looks offended as he takes a long look at “Socialism”.

 

 

Social media users, and especially those who frequent meme forums and repositories, often explore politics, and this is just one example of using a meme to highlight or lampoon perceived current political trends.

This particular meme’s popularity ran alongside the flurry of social activity surrounding the solar eclipse August 21. That said, a version of the meme featuring the man gazing directly at the “Solar eclipse” despite the disgust of his girlfriend, “scientific evidence supporting the dangers of staring at the sun”, did particularly well on social.

 

 

Finally, the meme community discovered other images using the same actors on stock photo services, then using those images to create new jokes and, eventually, comment on the meme itself.

 

 

This is a common cycle for memes – incorporating other memes and then becoming “self-aware” – and can sometimes indicate the end of its lifecycle.

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