Yes, this is another call for "OC", but before you comment tl;dr, please understand what I'm asking. The meme-devoted sections of the internet-FunnyJunk, Reddit, 9gag, with the semi-exception of some 4chan boards-has fallen prey to uncreative, unfunny, ******** . From someone who spends much too much time on the internet, here is my prognosis: We have fallen into the complacent and passive position of the "consumer" of memes. The vast majority of you have never made original content once, and I can't say that I have either. Worse yet, "OC" has become a codified term referring to not real OC what I like to call "template memes" (e.g. copy&pasta). Yes, it's fine to express your experiences through Socially Awkward Penguin or Foul Bachelor Frog, because people can relate and that's the beauty of it. That doesn't mean you need to make a template out of EVERY GODDAMN MEME. From "lame pun coon" to "Net Noob", there has been a ceaseless invention of personalities that we all know; the problem is in this endeavor is A) In this rapid invention of new memes, we seem to have forgotten the strong similarity between some memes that makes them get old so fast (for example, Net Noob and Technologically Impaired Duck). and B) that as soon as one "template" catches on IT'S DRIVEN INTO THE ******* GROUND with repost after repost. Some recent examples of this are "Arrow to the knee" jokes, and the "yes, this is dog" picture.
My solution to this is: Spend more time on the internet. No, not going through newest uploads or going to any specific website like reddit or 4chan-but just spend time reading about current events, new scientific discoveries, pop culture, anything really. It seems that we have become a closed circuit-things being reposted between 4chan, memebase, funnyjunk, and reddit, and not many step outside this loop. The best memes, though, are started as subtle but sophisticated parody of such topics.
I'll be deleting my account after this because I don't give a **** about thumbs.