Everyone has at least one Internet addiction.
For over 6,700 people, that addiction is… the NU Meme Collective.
Millennials have a particular fascination with using these peculiar things we call memes. Believe it or not, some folks don’t even know what that means. Take my mom for example:
For those who really don’t know, Lifewire quite perfectly describes memes as “captioned photos that are intended to be funny, often as a way to publicly ridicule human behavior”. So basically you take a picture, slap on a funny quote satirizing the entire human race, and you’ve got a meme.
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The Northeastern Meme Collective features hundreds of memes
Started by Sophomore Northeastern Student Ella Agoos in October of 2016, the NU Meme Collective group has grown to become one of the most popular and frequently used Northeastern groups on Facebook. The group is a place for huskies to share and appreciate the joys of… meme-ery?
When asked what gave her the idea of starting this group, Agoos said that she “thought it would be a fun idea to have a meme group just for Northeastern students. Not even specifically for Northeastern-related memes, just a meme sharing group for other kids at Northeastern.” From humble beginnings “I added a bunch of my friends to it and I just thought it would be a fun little group for us to share memes in. I had no idea it would grow so much”.
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Sounds like all fun and games doesn’t it?
Agoos admits that “the hardest part is dealing with the people who take it way too seriously.” Recounting that “there have been a handful of people that, after getting banned from the group by me for posting or saying something offensive, have proceeded to harass me over Facebook messenger or use images of me to make memes that aren’t very nice”.
It takes a special kind of person to get legitimately banned from a group about memes, but “luckily those people lose interest pretty quickly. And it’s nothing a good ol’ block on Facebook can’t solve”.
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It’s a way for students to enjoy light-hearted content and have fun
When asked what her favorite part about being the admin of the group, Agoos said,”it’s nice to know I’ve created an online space where we can all laugh together and bond over silly Northeastern jokes despite all the stress we’re all under from school or Coop. I’ve also made a ton of awesome new friends through the group that I probably never would’ve met otherwise”.
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I think the most pressing question remains however… when will President Aoun join the Facebook group?
Agoos agrees and said, “I’m still wondering when Aoun is gonna find out about it. I’d be curious to see what he thinks of all the memes about him”.
We’re all definitely curious as to what his reaction would be to the infamous dancing video.