Stop the presses. Vox has produced the definitive (so far) meta-, meta-analysis of memes in the time of coronavirus: Choose your quarantine meme house: A taxonomy of the pandemic’s greatest meme hits. It’s a tour-de-force of analyzing and cataloging what has been going on on the internet over the last two months as we have sheltered, worked, played, taught, learned, eaten, drank, created, despaired, and exulted at home.
Writer Aja Romano begins with:
and ends this way:
In between are 5700 words and more memes than I even tried to count, grouped into families and then into houses (said grouping being itself a meme — see what I mean about meta-meta-?).
I knew that my few essays on this blog (here and here) aimed at documenting passing Covid memes were less than drops in the bucket; it turns out they are less than drops in the bucket in the lake drained by a river flowing to the ocean. To strain a metaphor.
Go read the Vox piece. Or at least dip into it randomly. You will feel less alone.