Take Your Meme And Shove It!

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New aluminum MacBooks! Oooh! The world is going to end because the stock market crashed. Blog action day! Do you have an iPhone? Why not (Image: 11 Cloned Men by Bobasonic)?

Oh shove it. Seriously, take your memes and shove them.

Everytime I am online the memes pop out in my Twitter stream, and on Facebook. As a marketer, I am fascinated by the trends. I actually believe in the good of blog action day, but think it should be something incorporated into our daily lives. But this is my personal blog, and personally, the memes make me want to throw my MacBook out the window (I settle by covering up the logo with a gelaskin).

That’s what it means to be punk. It’s not a mohawk, it’s simply counter-culture. You run the opposite direction, just because. And you don’t care whether people like it or not. It’s called being true to oneself rather than running after the herd, screaming “Me, too!”

OK, that’s it.

12 Replies to “Take Your Meme And Shove It!”

  1. Hey Geoff:

    I didn’t post for BAC either because I feel that it’s important to be involved everyday. It’s the part of the reason I don’t observe Yom Kippur (but that’s an entirely different conversation). I appreciate your POV. Thanks.

  2. Actually, Jeremiah, I got 8 hours last night. :) I have found reading your posts since the stock market crashed to be 1) painfully off about the economic reality and 2) creating several off spin posts, and what I deem to be over dramaticization of the economic reality. But hey this is a rant on my personal blog, not a professional criticism.

  3. Oh ok, thanks for the clarifaction that’s helpful. But really, is this a geek meme or actual news that’s being discussed even outside of “Shock” the blogosphere? I’ll go with the latter.

    Now why can I make this claim? Because clients are asking me to find out answers and how they should change budgets –this isn’t a “five things I like about you” blog tag.

    For what it’s worth, I like you personally and professionally before and after this, :) I’m not really hot and bothered, just a bit shocked by your reaction.

  4. I heart you, too, Jeremiah, and glad we can have this conversation.

    We’re seeing it, too, at my firm, but we’re adapting rapidly, and don’t anticipate laying anyone off, etc. We created a new biz strategy six months ago in anticipation of a bad economy. All in all, I think level headed positive approaches to the market differentiate in a time like this.

  5. Geoff.

    Did you even read my post?

    My post was about adapting to changing times, which you just mentioned below.

    “We’re seeing it, too, at my firm, but we’re adapting rapidly, and don’t anticipate laying anyone off, etc. We created a new biz strategy six months ago in anticipation of a bad economy. All in all, I think level headed positive approaches to the market differentiate in a time like this”

  6. No, Jeremiah, I didn’t read your post. I just decided to attack you. Of course I read your post.

    Seriously, dude. You keep talking in apocolyptic tones. 33 laid off, here, there. I’m sorry, just deal with the criticism. It’s part of being a prominent blogger, we all get it.

  7. Ok, I learned a new word! :) I had to look it up in Wikipedia! Not to sound like a total idiot but do you pronounce it “mee mee” or “mehm” or what? And what about it is ticking you off?

    I have no clue about memes but I do remember what it was to be punk and this was 1979 before it was retail. So I have to laugh about the punk analogy because — and I’m showing my age here — I don’t think it’s counter-culture, anymore. It’s just a look. No Millennial can touch Gen X for attitude. :) They’ll have to create another counter-culture :) and stop aping ours.

  8. No, I wasn’t saying you were a Millenial, that’s why I said “ours” but I still have punk seniority :) like THAT matters. Hey do you really still consider yourself a punk? I stopped being a contrarian when I became a mom. I just don’t have the energy.

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