Memes aren’t exceptions.

Written By: admin - Aug• 17•12

They aren’t. I don’t care if you’re using the meme generator over a picture of Mother Theresa (which: please don’t). You still have to write it correctly.

Reporter #1 agrees with me.

I remember it. But I refuse to acknowledge that memory based purely on the creator’s inability to use the proper form of “you’re” as well as the unnecessary capitalization of If and To. I guess I can roll with the phonetic “enough” since the whole thing is meant to be silly, but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it.

Okay, now I am going to rant about this particular meme, which isn’t yet quite driving me absolutely crazy but is rapidly heading there. The first one I saw was the one with a cassette tape and a ballpoint pen that said “‘Like’ if you’re old enough to understand the connection between these two things.” And y’all, I liked it. I did. It took me on a little trip down memory lane; for a second, I was sitting hunched over by my dad’s desk, cassette and pen in hand and lap full of weightless magnetic film that threatened to knot into unsolvable wads with every breath, desperately trying to figure out where the tape had become inverted. I am, in fact, old enough to remember the connection, and presumably people somewhat younger than I aren’t, and that’s what makes the meme work.

See? You remember this. It probably happened on your TV this very week. And if you don’t remember it from seeing it on TV, you remember it because it is a cultural trope. Did you just relive a life experience unique to people of your age group?  You did NOT. Q.E.D.

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One Comment

  1. Reporter #1 says:

    I actually made an ecard that ranted about the “if you’re old enough” meme but it refused to post it to Facebook.

    And you left out the part where I proved I remembered the Dukes by recounting how for an entire summer my sister and I refused to get in the car by opening the door.

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