After the 2016 election, we saw an upsurge in memes about Obama and Biden being best friends. While this wasn’t a new concept, the amount of new memes that played with this idea was significant.
Today’s post is about a GIF in which Hillary Clinton looks around at balloons dropping from the ceiling, and dramatically mouths “WOW” during the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It’s a quick clip that went viral in no time.
Back when I was in highschool, my Latin teacher used to say that words have lives of their own. She would tell us this after our daily etymology lesson, where we would learn two English words that had Latin roots. Often we found that the Latin roots had little to do with the English words that they’d become.
The 2016 presidential election was a political caricature goldmine. With a large cast of candidates and the heated debates, the election sometimes felt more like a reality show than a political race. And like all good reality shows, inside jokes grow and spread, becoming a part of the public consciousness.
The 2016 was a goldmine of political memes — in part because of the growing technology, but also in part because of the wide array of candidates. The 2016 race began with twenty-two Republican candidates. Twenty-two candidates. In one party. With twenty-two candidates in one party, there’s sure to be a bit of mayhem and meme-ing. Ted Cruz is the perfect example.
The Gadsden Flag, like Franklin’s “Join or Die”, is an older symbol, dating from 1775. The flag in and of itself is not necessarily a cartoon, but it has enough meaning and symbolism behind it that it can be considered as such. Plus, we have to address the 2017 rekindling of the Gadsden Flag, which was a meme-phenomenon.
Today’s discussion is less about a meme and more about a phenomenon. Recently, humor and politics have become hopelessly intertwined, through memes, late night TV, and the politicians themselves. This post is about that intertwining, specifically narrowing in on late night host Jimmy Kimmel’s segment on the vehicular homicide in Charlottesville, Virginia during a protest supporting white supremacy.