Is it just me, or are internet memes trying to hard these days?
An internet meme refers to some kind of “catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person”. A few which I can think of off the top of my head are rickrolling, the ‘Fail Whale’ and references to ‘bitchmemes’. Many good memes seem to arise organically becoming part of the internet language without too much thought involved.
“Jump the shark” was one such phrase. It must be over 25 years old now, a meme which came out of early discussion boards and ended up becoming a mainstream term. It typically refers to a TV show or series which reached a peak in originality, creativity, popularity or as the New York Times describes it; “past its prime”.
“Nuke the fridge” is a brand new meme which was inspired by the recent Indiana Jones film in reference to the character hiding inside a fridge to survive a nuclear explosion.
According to the official nukethefridge website:
“Nuking the Fridge is a colloquialism used by U.S. Cinema critics and fans and has a meaning similar to jumping the shark. It is used to denote the point in a movie or movie series at which the characters or plot veer into a ridiculous, out-of-the-ordinary storyline. Films that have "nuked the fridge" are typically deemed to have passed their peak, since they have undergone too many changes to retain their initial appeal, and after this point critical fans often sense a noticeable decline in their quality. It is considered as the movie equivalent of what Jumping the Shark means for television.
The term is an allusion to a scene in the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull of the Indiana Jones series, when the title character Indiana Jones is literally hit by a atomic bomb blast while hiding inside a refrigerator in a desperate attempt to escape a nuclear test facility. The fridge is hurled several miles through the sky, and tumbles hard to the ground. The scene was considered so preposterous that many believed it to be an attempt at outdoing the over-the-top action of the classic introduction sequence of the series."
Personally I think it’s such a totally lame way to try and enter popular culture, I’m sick of the phrase already and I’ve only heard it a couple times. Just let good catchphrases stick and don’t try too hard.
Let’s see if it’s round in 25 years time.
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