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- People are rallying against toxic masculinity on International Men’s Day Tuesday 4:42 PM
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- White woman calls cops on man who said he was visiting aunt with his kids Tuesday 3:12 PM
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There are hundreds of these messages floating around, and many of them are abjectly weird, kind of funny, or just references to other memes.
So, yeah, that’s happening. It’s happening to the point that people are already sick of it, and it will soon die of overexposure. In fact, it may have died before it ever got big. This tweet is from June:
the cutoff for doing lasergrid horizons with a shiny metal top text and a neon graffiti subtitle is tomorrow night so get yours in everybody
— DOCFUTURE (@topherflorence) June 14, 2016
But if you feel like living out your neon-and-chrome retrowave dreams, just go ahead and do you.
I’m glad you asked!
There you go. And if you get bored of this one, the same website is a deep, timesucking rathole of stylized text designs.
So far, none of them has the popular appeal of ’80s neon graffiti, but if the Stranger Things title graphic generator proved anything, it’s… that people love a vintage Stephen King vibe.
But if it proved anything else, it’s that text generators as a form of expression are alive and well, and their meme possibilities are far from exhausted.
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.