Some of us were glad to see 2016 go because of its most troubled moments, but despite them, the Internet has made some good memes.
At New Haven High School, students were polled anonymously to see what their most missed meme would be, and the winner is Petty Joe Biden (https://goo.gl/Bl5Dt9). This meme recieved 30% of the votes, with Harambe (https://goo.gl/dZa4TZ) as a close second.
When polled, students were asked, “How do you explain memes to your parents, grandparents, or people who don't know what memes are?” One participant responded with, “Stupid internet pictures that occasionally make me giggle.”
Memes are just that-- “internet pictures”-- but they rapidly travel and become popular. One respondent even told a touching story: “Without a healthy dose of memes every day, I will die.”
It has even been expressed that memes have a daily impact on you: “They influence our lives more than you think! They are like the newspaper funnies or comic strips of our generation. I learn more about political and world news this way than any other source.”
78% of students reported that they will miss the 2016 memes, but they are excited for the new 2017 ones to be released. However, we do have a few memes that are already becoming popular for the 2017 year, such as Google Ad (https://goo.gl/9yMw0A).
Thank you to all who participated in the survey. The 2016 memes will be greatly missed.