Embarrassed because you keep getting called a n00b on 4chan? Not quite grasping all the LOL cats being reblogged? Want to prep for all the super sweet online cultural conversations at the after parties during Internet Week? You gotta Know Your Meme.
The Rocketboom offshoot that highlights and deconstructs online phenomena is always accumulating new entries (in August, for instance, they looked at tinaemusic through an academic lens), but it’s during the Holiday Season and New Year that Know Your Meme takes the spotlight away from the regularly scheduled Joanne Colan-hosted episodes of Rocketboom’s daily newscast and shines it on the ragtag group of Rocketboom producers that discusss the WTF internet.
In the past week Disaster Girl, the Lip Dub, the Iraqi Shoe Toss, and Boom Goes the Dynamite have all been explained and explored, but my favorite has to be the doe-eyed interpretation of the appeal of faux-Japanese-American, Magibon (brought to us by Proffesor Internet Famous himself, Jamie Wilkinson):