Quotes / Memetic Mutation

"A man has an idea. The idea attracts others, like-minded. The idea expands. The idea becomes an institution. (pause) What was the idea?"''
Top Dollar, The Crow

"You internet types ruined Trogdor! Just like you did zombies, pirates, ninjas and Strong Bad!"
Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Trogday '08

Do you realize that here in the future, this bulletin has come to be regarded as something of a joke
A lengthy piece of comedy, often quoted amongst ourselves in private moments of levity
Equius sums it up in Hivebent

"Memes are what happens when someone decides to try to be funny, and then someone decides it's catchy and repeats it to try to seem cool, in short. Retarded."
Namedown, M.U.G.E.N user

"That's Cookie Monster! He's why people on the internet say 'nom nom nom.' But we forgive him. This time."
Jason, Something*Positive

"Oooh, long Johnson! Oooooh, looong John—*hit by train*
South Park, "Faith Hilling"

"...And you can superimpose text on the picture of the cat, like so...This cat is saying "YOLO", which stands for "You Only Live Once"...

...Just a little acronym we thought up..."

"Two years later, I feel like this video has created its own sub-culture on YouTube."
SillyJenny9000 on her I Staple Tapeworms on my Penis video

"It's just one of those daft things that's so brilliant about the Internet."

"They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material."
— Remarks of Sen. Ted Stevens before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, June 28, 2006

"Here on the internet, everything burns so fast – too fast. For one thing, the internet has killed satire, barring that brief 24 hour window where every possible take, joke, cut-up or animated gif gets gunked across messageboards and social networking sites, EVERYTHING notable that happens gets parodied to the point of utter tedium almost immediately. Witness this week’s billion memes of Kanye West interrupting everything from Presidential speeches to my mid-morning wank. “IMMA LET YOU FINISH, BUT LAST WEEK I SAT ON MY HAND…”"

"Oh! Oh- look, it's a barrel! I-it's like, do a barrel roll! I, uh... can't let you do that, Star Fox! I am the Juggernaut bitch Leeroy Jenkins."

"Meme: a term coined by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene that was originally used to describe packets of cultural information, but subsequently adopted by internet users to refer to inside jokes for people who have no friends with whom to have real inside jokes."
Wolfram Alpha, taken from Encyclopedia Dramatica

Chick: And I dare you to go into a circle of any respectable nerds and say the words "you remind me of the babe" without-
Nella: What babe?
Chick: ...the babe with the power.
Nella: What power?
*the Chick waves her hands in a "see?" gesture*

John Hodgman: [Packets like these] could be anything on the internet. Spam, videos of lonely teens practicing with their lightsabers, comical reimaginings of movie premises — Brokeback Mountain, for example, cats dressed as nuns eating from dishes of gravy...
Jon Stewart: Or maybe even useful information, or news analysis.
John Hodgman: Well, I guess. In fact...(he passes another envelope to Jon Stewart)...these are all Chuck Norris jokes.

Super64: Oh wow, references. They're so funny. Especially when you've heard them over eighteen billion times!
1337f0x: Or OVER 9000!
—- Smashtasm

Monsoon: "Memes. The DNA of the soul. They shape our will. They are the culture - they are everything we pass on. Expose someone to anger long enough, they will learn to hate. They become a carrier. Envy, greed, despair... all memes. All passed along."
"The memes..."

"Ideas, philosophy, art, culture. They live and die by the meme... An infection."
Izuru Kamukura, Danganronpa 3, Episode 11

"Don't believe everything you read on the Internet."

"It's so cool a phrase, even the president is using it... or is he? 'All Your Base Are Belong To Us'. Don't ask what it means, don't ask where it came form, just accept it as one of those things that's got a lot of people talking. Still confused? Look on the web, it's everywhere. 'All Your Base Are Belong to Us' on Uncle Sam, on Bill Gates, on t-shirts, billboards, c'mon! Say it! Everybody else is."