The week of June 5, 2016

Memes

Inside the topsy-turvy world of Useless, Unsuccessful, and/or Unpopular Memes

By Jay Hathaway

The successful meme propagates itself, multiplying far and wide across the internet. But what if it didn’t?

Features

The rise and fall of Urlesque, the site that wanted to take memes mainstream

By Rae Votta

For three and a half years, from 2008 to 2011, Urlesque was the definitive site covering the internet as its own culture. Then AOL shut it down and erased it from the web.

How to speak meme

By Miles Klee

So you’ve finally decided to browse memes. Here’s how to use the lingo like one of “the crew.”

The enduring memeability of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’

By Elijah Watson

Who lives in a pineapple under the meme?

How the internet reinvented a racist old meme to make it all about butts

By Jay Hathaway

The “your girl” meme has been around for years, but it’s had a weird resurgence lately.

Meet Soraya Montenegro, the evil telenovela queen turned Spanish meme

By Gabe Bergado

No matter where the actress appears, you just really get what she’s feeling.

Opinion

To whom do memes belong?

By Miles Klee

I killed Dat Boi, and I’m not sorry.