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Internet in Review

John Chaski

December is a time of year for a lot of things.  Among my personal favorites are Festivus and asking yourself big scary questions.  Like why is someone else raking in the internet bucks being generated by these Antiques Roadshow memes?  How did they come up with it before me? 

Okay, let's start here.  This is pretty good.

Okay, let's start here.  This is pretty good.

Pretty funny, right?  But about as funny as if an antiques dealer downloaded a meme app and took out their angst on the thing antiques dealers hate the most...IKEA.  The internet can definitely do better.

That's more like it, internet.

That's more like it, internet.

Well that one made two things obvious:

a) These are not being made by antiques people and

b) These are being made by people who are making the internet great again.

Alright, alright.  We get it.

Alright, alright.  We get it.

This one's a little bit redundant.  There's one about white privilege I'm not even going to touch.  Okay, I can smell the fragrance of rubber hitting road as my readership of eleven abandons this blog in droves.  Time to right the ship.

Yes.  This is what the internet is for.

Yes.  This is what the internet is for.

This is offensive to no one and this is hilarious.  Don't even.

Thank you, internet.

Thank you, internet.

This is one of the best.  It is funny in a self-evident way, but it is also funny because if the internet had any idea what that "coat" actually was, they'd be losing it.

Is what I'm doing a thing people do?  A bunch of memes with the author's commentary on each one?  This has to be a thing.

Another theme developing.

Another theme developing.

This is another favorite.  Grandiose claims of importance are a weird thing in the antiques business.  When spoken among confederates of course it's a different story.  But when the internet and society at large overhears us, it can be embarrassing.  You called the chair what?  Important?  Is that even an adjective for chairs?

It is.  Sorry I'm not sorry.

It is.  Sorry I'm not sorry.

We, as an industry, lose credibility with humanity when we present this as anything other than the worst owl.  Thank you, internet.