Do you remember Harambe?

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Harambe was the gorilla in the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden that was killed when a three-year old boy fell into their Gorilla World Habitat moat.  Zoo officials feared for the child’s life based on the primate’s reaction.  Harambe’s shooting became extremely controversial.

Why did I decide to post today about Harambe?  The incident occurred back on May 28, 2016.  Harambe is a great example of the power of viral Internet memes – an idea, activity, catchphrase or piece of media that spreads from person to person via the Internet.  First Harambe generated immediate online debate among biologists, primatologists and animal rights activists.  The incident which was recorded (video) by a bystander was uploaded on YouTube and went viral globally.  Harambe memes continue to live on to this day – tributes, naming contests for baby gorillas, a computer parody fighting game (e.g., Harambe vs. Capcorn), songs by American rappers Young Thug and Dumbfounded, etc.  #Harambe on Twitter to learn more.

My point?  Memes are powerful.  Each meme has its own shelf live depending on the nature of the subject.  Memes have become an integral part of our modern culture.

Can you name some popular memes in today’s culture?



2 thoughts on “Harambe

  1. Personally, I think it’s often less about the subject and more about the opportunity for individuals to “weigh in” and, more importantly, be seen weighing in on an “of the moment” topic. A short-hand reference to demonstrate relevance.

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