Antoine Dodson – The Evolution of a Meme

A meme is a funny thing. As Wikipedia defines it:

“A meme (pronounced /ˈmiːm/, rhyming with “cream”) is a postulated unit of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.”

In normal person speak, it’s a concept, image or video that spreads across the interwebs, often in an edited or humourously superior format (ie. funnier).

All of this postulating and using big words is merely an excuse to post one of our favourite memes from beginning to ridiculousness. Not up to date on your meme knowledge? Head over to Know Your Meme, the self titled Internet Meme Database to brush up on your knowledge. For the moment, here’s our favourite meme of the moment:

Antoine Dodson

Antoine Dodson started internet life as a news report on YouTube. To be fair, the original video is hilarious enough.


Auto Tune the News then picked the video up and auto-tuned it, to create one of the most criminally catchy songs. They even managed chart success with the song in the US. The results are even funnier than the original…


After Auto Tune the News had success the internet seemed to literally explode with Mr Dodson. It seems that even he has cashed in on the affair and is picking up lucrative advertising deals now. However, the most important step in the evolution of the meme is to combine with an existing meme. Behold, both lolcats AND loldogs…

the image

However, no meme is complete without it venturing into the truly absurd and ridiculous. This is where a meme transcends itself and enters into the ‘interwebs canon’. I believe that Antoine Dodson has done this. The proof is in this image:


Antoine Dodson, we salute you.

Do you think that Sad Keanu is more deserving than Mr Dodson? Is there another meme we’ve wrongly missed? Let us know in comments or at @Ubelly.

Published by Luke

Luke is one of Ubelly’s resident social media guys, occasionally switching hats for a bit of design. He is the in-house meme expert, uses foursquare a little too much and gets hot under the collar when it comes to design, usability and gorgeous code.

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