As people adjust to the new lifestyles mandated by the spread of the coronavirus , memes about the pandemic itself have largely faded into the background. Living within a necessary online bubble means that memes represent not just passing jokes or fads, but an experience of reality itself: They are the conveyances of everything from social distancing woes to the perils of online education to breakout TV shows that have kept us distracted during these complicated times. It collects an apparently randomized assortment of items in a category, like famous authors or celebrities.
It can even be used to distill the collective experience into something digestible. In this case, we came up with these lists of quarantine memes, based on general observation and a little crowdsourcing of what constituted a representative quarantine meme.
And if you do notice specific themes in any of these creations, let us know! For my part, even though I arranged these houses in a completely random order, I also immediately found distinct meanings, or at least a general mood or attitude, in almost every one of them.
The Zoom background has become ubiquitous, both a new regular part of reality and as a form of personal expression. The vision of a lone person, on camera, in a video chat with a striking background behind them, whatever it might be, has already become its own simple but enduring part of history: a plain representation of where the world went for several months during the first half of This meme, in which people across the globe recreate famous works of art from whatever household items they happen to have at hand, is as confounding as it is inspirational.
The recreations often directly play on the themes of quarantine in the pandemic, with copious amounts of repurposed toilet paper and other household objects.
Take this ingenious recreated Rembrandt, which uses TP and latex gloves. But the beauty and joy of these memes are proof enough that masterpieces are in the eye of the beholder. Shameika said I had potential pic. The quick success and spread of Fetch the Bolt Cutters made the memes about the album — and the album hype itself — somewhat indistinguishable. As much as Fetch the Bolt Cutters memes touch on something about the zeitgeist, they also are in large part just about how much we love the album.
Adding to the malaise is that the pandemic robbed millions of students of seminal school moments, from performing in their annual spring musicals to going to their senior proms to graduating — not to mention depriving many college students of experiencing their final semester of school.
Me trying to get myself to do any work every single day of quarantine pic. Often this makes for hilarity, and often it makes for a poignant picture of the pandemic as a bringer of countless small everyday calamities, both for students and teachers:. A post shared by bre trump. A post shared by and slyduhrin on Apr 25, at am PDT.
Quarantine memes by and for students are frequently both a necessary expression of frustration and a show of resilience from kids who are, as the youths say, straight-up not having a good time right now.
But at least, for once , the rest of us can all relate. Education and learning things! Gubernatorial PowerPoints! You know, what with all the massive loss of life, spiraling economies, and not being able to go outside. Ever since, social media has been rife with jokes about the stimulus check, as a kind of wishful pipe dream and the wryer view that the money is merely a Band-Aid for much larger economic problems:. My dancing is a little rusty Me after I learned I could regrow my scallions pic.
Quarantine has forced a new attitude of frugality upon those of us privileged enough to have never worried about our spending behaviors so much before now. Homegrown food fads like bread-baking and creative use of leftovers have arisen as a means of resisting disposability culture. How does your kitchen scrap victory garden grow?
And because the hipster aesthetic is indefatigable, even in times of global crisis, the scallions are growing in perfectly manicured beauty all across scallion nation, no cottage needed. New Yorkers, and the rest of the country, may be bitterly divided over Gov. Naturally, the internet has responded with comebacks and improvements. Crank dat soulja boy pic. In this house, we respect our quarantine authorities. And who are our quarantine authorities, you ask? Why, food critics, local mayors, and the pig who keeps trying to sell us turnips, of course.
The pandemic is affecting everyone to a lesser or greater degree, and many of these memes are as much about distracting all of us from our related anxieties, large and small, no matter what our particular situations might be. The result? Everyone, including your favorite movie star , is playing Animal Crossing, and Animal Crossing memes, ranging from jokes about gameplay to jokes about quarantine to a multitude of crossovers with other media, are everywhere. Midsommar , Ari Aster pic. We all basically agree, but we can't say with any certainty Anthony Fauci.
Across the country, governments that have developed an increasingly visible presence in their communities are attracting all kinds of attention. For instance, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who used memes to spread PSAs about the pandemic, became a meme herself , inspiring some city residents to put up cardboard cutouts of her likeness across the city:.
Oh my. We got a winner in Portage Park. StayHomeSaveLives pic. My own Southern hometown mayor went viral for apparently having very good hair during his Covid press conferences. Up north, Dr. Horacio Arruda, a Quebecois health official, became a minor celebrity with his own Facebook meme page after his daily briefings became a hit.
Lots of Extremely Online subcultures already rock this vibe — like emocore, gothcore, softcore, or kawaiicore, depending on whom you ask.
But quarantine has given it a distinctly mainstream flavor, with posts that flirt with existential despair coexisting with memes from normies complaining about schoolwork or social distancing. A post shared by annoying gremlin fuitbaby on Apr 25, at am PDT. New York Times food columnist Alison Roman is one of the surprise stars of quarantine. This is partly thanks to her already famous recipes , like her shallot pasta , a. Ah, House 4, perhaps the most ambitious house on the block.
But the nifty thing about this accidental grouping of memes is that they all reflect something of a shared quarantine experience. Cat vs Dog challenge pic. The best thing about pet obstacle courses is that they not only are time-consuming and intricate ways to occupy your time, they also double as obstacle courses for your kids, and we all know your kids need to be corralled and given as many obstacles as possible. At least she kind of got the bonus round But these kinds of memes — which many pet owners have embraced — also let pets be a part of our pandemic narrative, beyond the discordant confusion and worry many of them showed for us in the beginning, when we were all adjusting to unexpected days at home.
Ss must design an obstacle course for pets to go over, under, and around. Reinforces creativity and prepositions. Love the trophy at the end. Just a reminder that when Shakespeare was quarantined because of the plague, he wrote King Lear. This meme involves the idea that some of us will produce a masterpiece while stuck at home for weeks — or that we should at the very least be trying to. It came about because in the early days of quarantine, social media dredged up the long-standing rumor that Shakespeare wrote King Lear amid a pandemic.
Its place in this house is ambiguous. After all, many of the larger cultural constructs holding us together as a society — like regular work hours, human interaction, fashion, shared communal experiences, time itself — currently seem meaningless. Tiger King , like Animal Crossing, has been absolutely everywhere for much of quarantine. And honestly, bless them for that. The idea promptly circulated that — gasp! This was taken yesterday in Central Park.
Nature is returning. We are the virus. Just sharing my gifts with the world. Yeah I shaved my head on stream. Bad haircuts, or at least jokes about bad haircuts, have become a staple of quarantine life, but thankfully, social media is here to chronicle this ongoing travesty! I assured him I knew what I was doing. He seemed skeptical at first, but with the help of a few treats, I talked him into it.
It went so wrong, so fast. I guess some things are better left to the professionals. I told him it looks great Quarantinelife. Oh, wow. Who can say? Keep in mind that none of us have ever done this before, so none of us know how to do it. Me waking up : What day is it? Brain: Day. Me: But which. Brain: Laptopday. Me: Ugh. Btain: Can we do a Napday instead?