It’s 2019 and unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you communicate at least partially in memes, just like the rest of us. Memes are basically a driving force in societies worldwide (ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But only slight) and meme culture has exploded to represent entire moods and lifestyles, with no current event or political misstep safe from ridicule.
They are often as recognizable as any pop culture phenomenon and although some are very short lived, some strike a chord within society and continue on, adapting to whatever is currently trending. Memes are funny, relatable, and easily accessible, but also fluid, ever evolving, and sometimes even surprisingly complex with the depth of their references. Here are a few of the most popular memes on the year and how they began their journey into the world of internet stardom.