Online Calendar Featuring the Best Memes of 2016

2016 Memes

New York Magazine’s Select All created a fantastic online calendar featuring the best memes in 2016 by date. The calendar can be sorted by topic or randomized and each date links to more info on the meme.

The internet-meme model of cultural consumption — seizure, transformation, distribution — is now applied to news and stories of all kinds, not just odd viral images and videos. The year’s most widespread and long-lasting meme wasn’t a silly viral image or memorable catchphrase but a news story: the tragic killing of Harambe, a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo into whose cage a toddler had fallen.

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale is the founder of Laughing Squid and is based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.