Know Your Memes

Fun fact: Drake’s“Know Yourself” is playing in the back of my mind for some reason.

So I’m not much of a meme person. I get it… And they’re great in particular contexts, but I’m just not the type of person to spend time finding them to reply to messages just for comedic effect. I also don’t watch TV at all. And when I say TV, that includes streaming shows on Netflix. BUT there is one particular show that my uncle actually got my hooked to.. and that is Game of Thrones. During a visit to my grandparent’s house in Barrie, my uncle was glued to the TV, binge watching the entire first season of Game of Thrones — his goal being to complete one each day to catch up. As I mentioned, I was in Barrie, one of the very few cities where it is possible to die of boredom. So, with nothing else to do, I sat on the couch and watched the entire first season with him. I was hooked. When I finished the most recent season, I felt like I didn’t know what else to do with my life — I was truly lost inside.

Anyway, getting back to memes… I mentioned I’m not much of a meme person, but if there are ANY memes I know, it’s Game of Thrones related memes. I am particularly fond of the BRACE YOURSELVES meme which references the infamous saying in the TV show “Winter is Coming”.

In June 2012, more than 1470 posts were made on Reddit remixing this meme to replace “Winter is Coming” with “Midterms are Coming”, “Election Season is Coming” and many more.

Hiring/headshot season for student groups out of the Ted Rogers School of Management is a big deal. Student group leaders in TRSM always know that when this time comes, our Facebook feeds will be flooded with beautifully lit headshots of familiar faces who have just been hired or promoted into their new position on a student group. I recall seeing a this meme remixed to say “Brace Yourselves. Headshots are coming.” I loved this version of the meme because literally everyone in this network of about 150–200 students on Facebook understood exactly what it meant. And with the popularity of Game of Thrones, especially with University students, it couldn’t have been more relevant.

I am still patiently waiting for Season 7 of Game of Thrones to be released. Mid-2017 is so far away... But until then, I guess I’ll live vicariously through Game of Thrones memes.

Jas OUT! :)

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