OPINION: Feel the ‘Bern-ing’ love
By David J. Garcia
Bridge Staff Intern
Published Saturday, March 13, 2021
Memes are usually a product of their time. They can represent current events or ideas (or just a dumb joke that was running around) that were popular or ridiculed.
Memes are almost always surface-level in meaning. On rare occasions, they can evoke something major.
The meme world today is also ever-changing. Keeping up with this world is a fast-paced effort; one minute, Damn Daniel was the thing—now, I’d rather get beat with a bat than see that meme one more time.
Heck, as I write this, the Bernie meme probably isn’t even all that “relevant” anymore. Despite so, certain memes do withstand the test of time (see: classic Spongebob memes).
Bernie’s meme has a different take; it isn’t supposed to age well or be an eternal, meaningless meme. It’s supposed to be something we remember with a quiver of fondness in the dark world of the pandemic, the insurrection and countless dead lives.
It was even a beacon of lighthearted fun in a day that was seen as terrifying on both sides of the political sphere. Finally, it reminded us that even if we disagree and suffer, we as a country can take a good laugh once in a while.
I believe when we look back later in the years and see Bernie all frozen up and adorable, we’ll remember that although it was a dark time in America, we always knew how to laugh through it.
I guess in a deeply accurate to definition way, it is an inside joke; a real warm and cheesy one.
Like a pizza. I want pizza now…