Featured Meme: Advice Dog

4 Apr

Upon reading this title, one may think, “what does Hunter mean when he says ‘meme?’ Is it a new kind of pastry? A brand of scented candles? Maybe it’s a image, trend, or phrase propagated across the Internet.” If you honestly thought that third one, I must applaud you. That’s really what it is. From a complex YouTube Video to a simple picture, anything can pick up popularity and reach meme status. Any Internet-goer can see it then change it around any way he wants to add to its popularity.

Memes (pronounced “meems”) are, if you think about it, legal plagiarism because they are meant to be copied and recreated.  Anything can be a meme, really, not just stuff on the Internet.  If your dad teaches you how to, oh, I don’t know, swallow a live goldfish, you’d probably want to show off to your friends.  An epidemic begins, and local pet stores are hit with a fish shortage.  Despite this fishy tragedy, laughs grow and socialization is given a new tool that is capable of spreading like wildfire. This is truly an… interesting example of how culture evolves and shapes itself with the help of communication. (There are better, less ASPCA-angering examples, too.) The Internet lets those cultural tidbits spread across the globe in the blink of an eye.

This first article covers many memes at once. (This particular meme has a lot of subcategories.)  Behold the Advice Dog trend.

According to knowyourmeme.com, the Advice Dog phenomenon started in a Mario fansite forum thread when a user named “TEM” uploaded a picture of his dog (named Boba Fett) with a rainbow background. People were fawning over that puppy like you wouldn’t believe! Since the image was so simple, anyone could easily goof around with it on Photoshop. Someone decided to add captions promoting bad, stupid, or just plain weird advice. The following image is actually one of the better pieces of advice. The others involve offensive things we probably shouldn’t/couldn’t publish. (Lots of these do.)

But just one philosophical pooch wasn’t enough. There’s also the Courage Wolf! Courage Wolf occasionally gives pretty good advice, though oftentimes it’s quite violent. (Wait until you see Insanity Wolf! He’s too sadistic to be covered here!) The swap from Advice Dog to Courage Wolf could be explained because some people have edgier personalities and aren’t particularly fond of cuteness.

As you have noticed, lots of these memes are presented as animals (though I have seen The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Christina Aguilera, Bill O’Reilly, and an Asian father as memes). Keeping with this animal theme, our next spotlight is on the Philosoraptor. As the name suggests, he poses sage questions that make quite a bit of sense–most of the time.

While the makers of Phliosoraptor most likely wanted to bring the art of intellectuality into these memes, the creators of the Lame Pun Coon wanted to do the opposite: remove the concept of logical thinking. If you have ever heard a joke so bad you wanted to throw up, the Lame Pun Coon has said it–probably. He once submitted ten puns to a pun contest hoping at least one would win, but “no pun in ten did.” See what I mean?

With the focus still on things that make you roll your eyes in disgust, the Foul Bachelor Frog is a classic stereotype of dudes with their own place: ridiculous eating habits, unhygienic behavior, and just plain immaturity. No napkins? Use a tortilla! This very popular meme even has a female counterpart: the Foul Bachelorette Frog, which proves females can be just as gross as males, if not grosser. (No offense, ladies.)

The next meme is much cleaner, thank goodness. He makes us observe and think about our own ineptitude and shows us some extreme examples, too. He is the Technologically Impaired Duck.

Think of how much computers have advanced from years past. It is quite easy to get lost in all this techno mumbo jumbo. (If you are lost, don’t use a GPS.) The duck offers a sarcastic way of whining to Bill Gates or Steve Jobs about their plagues on mankind. Wait! I just minimized my browser! I wonder where it went…

Next up is another bird who has serious issues. The Paranoid Parrot is a blue macaw that always imagines the worst possible scenario for every situation. Those of you who are reading this in your concrete bunker/panic room defending against the apocalypse can probably relate to this guy. A favorite of mine: “Get sick, look up symptoms on Google. HOLY COW, I’M GOING TO DIE!” A harmless airplane flying above makes his life flash before his eyes, and even the softest of noises convinces him that Insanity Wolf is outside waiting to strike. (Told you Insanity Wolf was hardcore.) An interesting thing to note about the Paranoid Parrot is that he often acknowledges the fact that he is a meme. (Read Paranoid Parrot… He’s right.) Paranoia springs eternal.

Keeping with our bird theme, this feathered friend is very popular as a meme. It is another good way of letting us look at our flaws and laugh, but the laughter comes not necessarily from who we are but what we do. This is the Socially Awkward Penguin. Have you ever held the door open for someone, but they were just slightly too far away? The Penguin’s been there. Ever seen someone waving and wave back only to realize they were waving to someone else? The penguin’s done that. The Socially Awkward Penguin is the patron saint of Murphy’s Law: “If anything can go wrong, it will.”

So, after I’ve spent all this time looking at funny pictures on the Internet, what have I learned? Information spreads faster than ever now with the help of technology. Laughs are a great way to prove how quickly trends catch on. With all of this sharing of intellectual property without copyrights in the way, all people can take a simple picture of a puppy and make their own versions, perhaps reflecting their own habits or quirks. Isn’t it just amazing how we don’t have to worry about getting our pants sued off, for memes were intended to be stolen?

I suppose this is as good a place as any to say that on memegenerator.com, new memes such as Advice Dog can be created with the push of a button.  These include:

  • Success Kid
  • Success Nun
  • Scene Wolf
  • Bear Grylls (From the TV show Man Vs. Wild.)
  • Charlie Sheen (From… well, I think you know who he is.)
  • Bad Pickup Line Panda
  • Hipster Kitty
  • Business Cat
  • Random Fact Elephant

…and more, some of which will get their own featured meme articles. The Internet is a powerful place. Why waste it with this garbage? BECAUSE WE CAN.


2 Responses to “Featured Meme: Advice Dog”

  1. teenwebzine April 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    The awesomeness is just overwhelming. On Internetbillboards.net this article has been featured. There’s a link on this page check it out. Read their article on meme’s, too. It’s great!


  1. Meme Sites Are Spreading Cultivating Cultural Information Mind To Mind | Internet Billboards - April 5, 2011

    […] Featured Meme: Advice Dog (teenwebzine.wordpress.com) […]

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