Is it bad to prefer older memes? Because I cannot stand new ones, and the rise of ironic culture. I feel a lot of humour on the internet these days comes from spite. You see people being "ironic fans" of anime, games, or anything else niche. And beyond that, there's also mocking of older memes by using old formats. Memes now are abused as a mouthpiece, instead of something that everyone can celebrate. A lot of memes these days also come from having something for people to relate to, which I find annoying because it's such an easy thing to do. Oh sure, I can see the appeal, but memes were never originally meant to be like that. It's the rise of social media that has changed what memes meant, and quality became quantity.
Why are these bad things?
Memes back in the mid 2000s were based on inside jokes; because it is something that can be shared among a niche group that can understand the punchline. But it has now shifted to the general crowd, because many of them don't really understand what these jokes meant, and in turn, they interject by turning memes to statements that they can relate to. That crowd just demonizes old memes, as if they were never funny in the first place, even though the internet was much, much smaller 10 years ago. For how much people whine about old memes, they sure love to not let go of their new ones, or treat memes like one giant trend where one new one stopped being funny a week ago.
I unironically would rather have more pun memes over the thousands now that are about sex or drugs. :\