Winter is a meme
by Jo Slade - Story: 100948
Oct 21, 2013 / 6:00 am
Oct 21, 2013 / 6:00 am
So, you’re looking out at the sunshine, and when you see the words ‘winter is a meme’, you’re thinking, “Umm, no . . . no thanks. I don’t want to know about winter. Go away.”
And to be honest, there’s really only one thing you can do about winter coming: Create a ‘winter is coming’ meme for the ‘Winter is coming’ meme contest http://forums.castanet.net/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=53475 , and ideally, you should try to win it, because the first place prize is a $100 gift certificate for The Train Station Pub.
Winter isn’t anywhere nearly as bad with suds ‘n’ fud.
But, you wonder, what exactly IS a meme. Ha, you’ve come to the right place, because I’m totally the go-to person for that information:
Meme: (rhymes with seem): This word means a whole whack of things, none of which matter in the least because the only definition that counts these days is this one: ‘A picture commonly seen on the internet, with words’.
Most contests have a condition or two, and this one is no exception. In order to enter, you must be a member of the Castanet Discussion Board. Now, the Castanet Board has a bit of a reputation, which is sometimes well-earned (ie, during election season). Things can get rowdy. But there’s another side to the forums, one that is a bit crazy but also fun.
Although politics brings out the worse in forum members (just as it does in ‘real’ life), there’s plenty of other topics discussed. The environment, health, religion, silly-stuff, do-it-yourself stuff, news stories, and more. People discuss all the things that worry us, make us angry, make us laugh.
And sometimes, members even come together and make a difference in ‘real’ life. Several years ago, one of our members, a dog owner, had to move. and the place he found did not take pets. He posted about his problem on the forum, and was able to find a member who would take his dogs, but they needed their unfinished fence in the back yard to be finished in order to accommodate the dogs. Our long-time moderator ‘ferri’ jumped in and suggested that maybe the Castanet membership could get together and help, and that’s exactly what they did. A group of them went over to the house, and finished the fence. Happy ending, especially for those dogs.
I think of this forum community as being rather like a big family reunion. And at this family reunion, as with most, there are social butterflies, wits, political pundits, hot-heads, tipsy souls, intellectuals, snobs, slobs, oddballs, raving crazies, and, of course, a cat-lady. When you get all those types mixed together in one bag, things can get pretty interesting.
What people like about an online forum is the anonymity, which gives them the ability to speak their mind reasonably free of restrictions, thereby keeping their ‘real life’ friends and family from murdering them. That is the upside of anonymity, and is sometimes also the downside.
I have an acquaintance who is an exceptionally nice person. She is shy in company, always very polite, very low-key, but on a discussion board, she becomes a tiger. An outspoken tiger at that. On a discussion board, it always pays to remember that the super-feisty member that drives you crazy might well be a shy person who has simply found an outlet.
What are you waiting for? There’s a contest to be won!
Join up and pitch in (you need 25 posts to qualify for the contest). Then all you have to do is create a kill-them-with-laughter meme that will turn the Meme Gods into hysterically laughing maniacs. Since they are usually pretty much on the edge of being hysterically laughing maniacs anyway, it shouldn’t be that hard to tip them.
And there are no losers in this contest, because whether you win that prize or not, you will have won new friends. Not to mention a new forum addiction. There should be a warning label for that. . . .
So, check out the meme blanks here: http://imgflip.com/memegenerator then > choose a meme blank > create something funny about winter coming > click ‘private’ when image is the way you want it > click ‘download’ > send your downloaded image to me at [email protected]
To join the discussion board: Register at http://forums.castanet.net/index.php
For contest details: http://forums.castanet.net/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=53475
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