• Cecilia Rydberg

Life After Meme Pt.1

Meme is a new language everyone needs fluency in. I discovered meme late. Now I've dipped my toes, I’ll never look back.

With Capshot, memes are now a daily ritual, my new obsession, during my COVID-19 lockdown, I’ve embraced this new language. Sometimes the fix starts as early as 5am!!! I’m hooked. The best way to learn a language is full immersion, I’m there...

I wanted to share the post-viral story of Disaster Llama. How did life change for her, now infamous, with her face plastered across the internet for lols? Remix after remix after remix!

Disaster Llama

Dolly was four when she became one of the internet’s first memes. Her Dad got a new camera in 2004 and decided to try it out walking near her home, the fire department had set a controlled fire in a house and were practicing putting out flames.

Dolly remembers the photo being taken. She thought it was a real fire so was disturbed but was smiling in the photo. Dolly understands the main reason for the viral success of Disaster Llama was her unsettling evil grin.

The photo was posted online by Dad in 2004 and entered it into a magazine’s photo competition a few years later. The magazine then posted it on their website and put it in their print magazine in 2008. Then it went wild. People started sending them the memes, with the image overlaid saying things like, “My neighbours used to listen to Justin Bieber...used to”, or posted them on social media. It was suddenly everywhere.

My favourite meme of me is the one that says, ‘When you rap the whole verse correctly.' I love that one! The memes helped Dolly pay for some of her college and she enjoys sharing her meme past with people she meets.


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