49 – Troll Comics, the ‘Rage’ craze, Memes and badly drawn hilarities.
I’ve noticed that memes and rage comics are becoming a staple part of social networking, with dedicated sites such as 9gag and 4chan pouring a wealth of funny images onto Facebook and Tumblr (to name a few). Most of the memes are consistently replaced or re-made, and seem to have a mass produced formula to them that is simple yet effective. Everyone recognises them nowadays as they are all over our digital world, but I wonder if anyone remembers exactly how long these things have been about, and how they have crept into existence and familiarity. They come in a variety of forms, but are not to be confused with the infamous ‘troll comics’ or ‘rage comics’, which are in fact a different form all together.
I never used to like internet troll culture, those individuals who post something reactionary to wind other people up. But I have to admit that I have become drawn to the memes and rage comics. The ‘funny because its true’ sketches with the signature ‘troll faces’ can crack just about anyone up, and in the depressing world we live in everyone can appreciate a pick me up every now and again. It’s safe to say they have overtaken de-motivational posters in popularity, which (until the current meme generation) were a mainstay of the internet trends.
It could be about sport, music, video games, it could be about certain types of people, or it could be about current topics. You get the idea, it could be about anything, so it always has an audience (for now). Anyone can make the memes/comics, provided you have something funny to say.
Personally though, I find the ‘rage comics’ to be a bit tiresome at times, they can come off as too juvenile. I still find them entertaining if they are done right, but I can see them becoming redundant before captioned memes do.
The question is, how long do memes have before people get bored of them? Surely you can only do so much with stock images and ‘one liner’ remarks? The cyber village has a very, VERY short span of attention, so it will be interesting to see if memes decline or grow over the next year or so.