Me on Election Day 2016 vs. Me on Election Day 2017
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…
We’re at a part in world history where memes and current events – especially politics – can be deeply intertwined …ehhhh, for better or worse.
This week’s meme combines that propensity to provide commentary on recent U.S. elections with a tried-and-true meme format: Me Vs. Me. However, though a particular format seemed to capture user interests, the memes seemed to take a few different directions.
In some cases, the maker portrayed what seemed to be a more idyllic, often reserved, version of self previous to the 2016 election. Then, for 2017, we see a drastically different, often militant version of that self.
election day 2016 vs election day 2017 pic.twitter.com/yiPdb0jKnu
— angel varak-iglar has a long display name (@angelnorelation) November 7, 2017
The trend seems to have kicked off with Twitter user Lyz Lenz, managing editor of online literary platform The Rumpus.
Me on election day in 2016 v. Me on election day in 2017 pic.twitter.com/VhEJD7468n
— lyz lenz (@lyzl) November 7, 2017
While this stand-out post garnered 10K+ retweets and 45K+ likes, Lenz also encouraged users engaging with the format by retweeting favorites throughout the day.
— Nicci A (@Running_short) November 7, 2017
As can be seen, these memes often relied on images of celebrities, especially those from the big screen. This allowed users to pick famous roles that provided the greatest amount of contrast. …Though sometimes one role was enough.
me on election day 2016 vs. me on election day 2017 pic.twitter.com/6cr71JH3DA
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) November 7, 2017
Some of the memes, though, painted a slightly different portrait of the differences between Election Days 2016 and 2017. Some more literally than others.
me on Election Day 2016 vs. me on Election Day 2017 pic.twitter.com/SRdUAWL7UF
— Megan Amram (@meganamram) November 7, 2017
These tend to insinuate – more than driving one to action – the past year has left the maker in a state of disrepair or… whatever this is:
Me on election day in 2016 v Me on election day in 2017 pic.twitter.com/xxzpT0RqA1
— Brett S. Vergara (@BrettSVergara) November 7, 2017
Though the memes specific to Election Day have pretty much come and gone for this year, it could be that it becomes an annual tradition. It’s also interesting to note the continued popularity for “Me Vs. Me” memes, as they continue to crop up in remixed versions.
Want to see another example of the “Me Vs. Me” meme? Warm up to September’s entry on Me on the last day of summer vs. me on the first day of fall.
- November 13, 2017