A meme is a cultural gene (‘a postulated unit of ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena,’ it says here).

This clip of film from the movie Downfall is apparently the most popular internet parody meme in the world. I’ve received it by email a few times in various forms, the relegation of Sheffield United being my favourite, not least because a) it makes the case that Hitler would have supported Sheffield United, which is only totally obvious once it’s been pointed out; and b) because of the subsequent amount of weeping and wailing that Sheffield United did about ‘the Carlos Tevez affair’, when the much more blatant fact of the matter is that they were relegated because they couldn’t hold out for a point at home to Wigan on the final day. Wigan, I ask you.

I’ve never seen Downfall. It looks as if it could be quite good.

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13 Responses to Meme

  1. OS says:

    …it’s Unsworth who scores!


    I was looking for Fornside skulking in the background. 🙂


  2. markelt says:

    Downfall is very good. There’s a cracking Berlin based film called The Lives of Others which might distract you from your writing as well.

  3. Stephen Foster says:

    He’s have been in a back room polishing his Iron Cross with Duraglit.

  4. Stephen Foster says:

    We saw The Lives of Others and were suitably impressed.

    Ergo your reviewer status is currently “sound” and we can proceed to a DVD order of Downfall with due confidence.

  5. Daftburger says:

    I’d love to see a fight between OS and Fornside. I reckon OS would win as he’d fight dirty! 😉

  6. Stephen Foster says:

    Fornside would bore OS to death with the Fornside Rules of Engagement before a blow had even been landed.

  7. Daftburger says:

    LOL! 😀

  8. markelt says:

    I remember recommending Maus to you and you only took me on my word when I said Pulitzer. You swine.

  9. markelt says:

    I’ve got Downfall. I’ll stick it in post to you today


  10. Stephen Foster says:

    Cheers Elt, do you want my “Best of Point-to-Pointing” in return?

  11. markelt says:

    That had better be porn

  12. OS says:

    I see the Berlin Stokies are pining for their fav destination again. Swiss (now we’ve made up) came in this evening with a paper advertising a book about Hitler, which he’s going to get.

    You should try the Hitler angle, winger. There seems to be a bob or two to be made on the subject. 😉

    Oi, daftbugger, me and young Forny are like ‘X’ that. 🙂


  13. Daftburger says:

    With all this talk of Berlin and Hitler. You really should consider inviting a certain website owner, with leanings to the right, to your next trip!

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