Biologist Richard Dawkins introduced the new term “meme” in 1976. According to the theory of a scientist, a meme is a replicator that can multiply and spread regardless of whether the source wants it or not. The level of popularity (survival) of a meme depends on the environment. Now this term is applied to information units - pictures, video frames, gestures, phrases, etc. The popular meme in 2019 is “The hamster looks at the camera”.
The story of the meme “The hamster is looking at the camera”
The new meme (from the English meme) of 2019 with the hamster was "born" in the Tik Tok application. This is a platform where users can post their short videos and collect so-called hearts for it. The user beanboy22 posted a vine of not the best quality, the main character of which was an elderly rodent against the background of a ceiling fan. Subscribers liked the hamster looking at the camera, and on January 16 a fragment with an animal appeared in other videos.
Meme “The hamster is looking at the camera” is a fragment of a low-quality vine on Tik Tok
Meme value with a hamster
The meaning of the hamster looking at the camera is that while you are watching someone, the hamster is watching you. Therefore, the second name of the meme is “The Hamster Watches” (Staring Hamster). When the rodent approaches the camera, its gaze becomes especially piercing. All this makes it easy for Internet users to use memes in jokes about selfie and video lovers.
The author of the popular video got 12.5 thousand subscribers thanks to this hamster. The video itself scored more than 250 thousand likes. On January 17, a mounted video appeared on the iFunny website in which the famous hamster allegedly communicated via video link with Kanye West himself. After 2 days, this video migrated to Twitter, more than 1.5 million users watched this tweet.
The video about the video call of the hamster and Kanye West got about 90 thousand likes on Twitter
On January 23, the first video with this hamster hit Reddit. Since then, footage from the video began to be posted on almost all social networks, instant messengers and applications. Muddy screenshots became popular not only among teenagers, the famous rodent began to appear in mass shows.
“The hamster is looking at the camera” in front of a large audience
Some of my friends in this meme see a funny hamster head shape. My son believes that it is a lot of fun when the hamster "stares at you" through a webcam. And among young people there is an opinion that this rodent is involved in a worldwide conspiracy to spy on Internet inhabitants.
“The hamster is looking at the camera” is a meme that appeared in the first half of January 2019. The video with an old hamster that got on the network in less than a week spread around most social networks. Now this meme is especially popular in youth circles. It is used during jokes about video calling and the love of filming.