From Stock to Meme

Source: Getty Images

Origins and original context:

  • Original name given to the photograph was “Disloyal Man Walking With His Girlfriend and Looking Amazed at Another Seductive Girl”
  • Part of a series of eight images
  • It was a staged photo (stock image)
  • It was never intended to be a meme

Trends in the development of the meme:

  • First became popular among Brazilian twitter users @chinisalada and @AlbertoLage
  • Later, it started gaining popularity among college meme pages on Facebook
  • The first use of the meme by an English speaking twitter user had a political message, however, as the meme continued to develop it became less political and more relatable
Source: @UlbrichtUltra, Twiter
  • Developed primarily through users of Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Reddit
  • Users label the three people in the photo
  • Common themes of this meme include heartbreak, jealousy and lust
  • The meme continued to further develop after Twitter users began to realize there was more than one image of those three people
  • They then began to create similar memes using similar topics, but with different pictures out of the set of eight images of those three people
Source: @shitshowdotinfo, Twitter
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