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Bad Memes Must Die

We've all accepted the fact that the Internet is too big to be monitored. It's actually a proper universe in itself, since like our real universe, cyberspace is expanding, and there seems to be no stopping it. There is more knowledge on the internet today than there was five years ago. Just like our real universe.

"Beep. Boop. Beep."

Being the huge universe that it is, I guess it's safe to say that it's quite impossible to police it. Imagine the Star Wars universe─even the Empire barely had any control over the planets in the Outer Rim. And such is the case with the Internet.

This article is about memes. It seems that nowadays, anyone with even the most rudimentary knowledge of Photoshop can create their own meme. And there are millions of memes on the world wide web, and a large majority of them are─to be honest─trash. Ideally, it would be great to have something like an International Convention for Internet Memes, which would create an international body that would monitor memes─making sure the good memes survive and the terrible memes die a natural death.

Wait, what's that you say? Deciding whether a meme is good or bad is a subjective thing? Well, yes, if you frame your aesthetic argument that way. But there are examples of really terrible memes. Like this one:

Even Getty Images isn't happy.

Notice that the maker of this meme didn't even bother to spend just a little bit more time on Google to find the same photo without the watermark. Sloppy!

Here's another one:

The root word is "invisable".

This is one of those color wheel macros, featuring a very young Sorcerer's Stone-Harry Potter. Sloppy as well! Maybe Adobe should start thinking about including spell-check in Photoshop.

Now if there were such a thing as an Internet Meme Police, then they would make sure that within 24 hours of reporting the incident, clicking on these memes will give you an Error 404. Make it happen, United Nations.


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