- Ajit Pai
Ajit Pai, the current Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has been criticized across various social media platforms for supporting the repeal of regulations that ensure net neutrality. Pai was appointed the chairman position by President Donald Trump in January 2017, however his ascension to meme-hood truly began in November 2017 the FCC announced they were going to hold a vote on the issue.
Net Neutrality, as defined by Merriam Webster, is “the idea, principle, or requirement that internet service providers should or must treat all Internet data as the same regardless of its kind, source, or destination.” If repealed, internet providers can increase rates in return for a faster internet speed, or for access to specific websites.
Memes of Pai largely depict him as greedy and only focused on corporate interests. He jokingly referred to himself as a “Verizon puppet” in a leaked video of the FCC Bar Association dinner and made several jokes about Net Neutrality.
In late November, most-subscribed YouTuber Pewdiepie created a video title “The Most Hated Person on the Internet” where he dubs Pai as “the villain of the internet.” According to knowyourmeme.com, the video had over 3 million views and 15,000 comments within the first two weeks.
Within the last week, Burger released an ad showing what Net Neutrality would look like in the fast food world. People have to pay extra for certain items ($26 for a Whopper) and even more for it to be served in a reasonable time. In only two days, the video had over 30 million views and was #35 on Youtube’s “Trending.”
2. Connect Four
It began as a meme several years ago but has been brought back like a phoenix from the ashes. The meme parodies the box cover of the 1974 version of the game using Photoshop to create different scenarios. The meme has been especially popular on Reddit and Facebook in recent weeks.
The most popular meme of its kind is called “Connect One,” where there’s only one slot for the coin. According to knowyourmeme.com, it is also one of the earliest known uses of the meme, dating back to Dec. 3, 2007 on the website Hahastop.
Sample Meme: http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1335037-connect-four
Sample Meme 2: http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1335081-connect-four
3. Nintendo Labo
On Jan. 17, Nintendo announced the “Nintendo Labo,” a supplement to the Switch, that includes several pieces of cardboard that can be used to create toys that interact with the console. While it was praised for its originally and educational aspect by several reviewers, many have poked fun at Nintendo for selling what’s essentially cardboard.
A secondary meme dubbed ‘Laboman” was also created as of result of the release. A small cardboard cutout of a man can attach to only of the Joy-cons, and has been photoshopped into other images as well.
The Nintendo Labo is slated for release on Apr. 20, 2018 for $69.99.
Sample Meme: http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1333766-nintendo-labo
Sample Meme 2: http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1334024-nintendo-labo