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Sick of 2017? This meme will take you all the way to 3017
We out here in 3017.
According to the Gregorian calendar, we’re all living in the year 2017. But some people seem to have access to better technology than the rest of us: their futuristic gadgets indicate that they are ahead of their time, already living in 3017.
Calling things “3017” seems to have originated with Black Twitter, as a way of describing music that sounds so fresh it must be from the future. Soundcloud rapper Wintertime, for example, seems to be a 3017 icon:https://twitter.com/Wintertime/status/815479312753291268
What is 3017 wintertime on ? https://t.co/gsqWHXiqCz— Two Story (@t_Allen757) January 13, 2017
It really is @Wintertime all the time, this new tape so nice. #3017— Nicky (@llnskii) January 14, 2017
¥ My main goal of 2017 is to travel to 3017 to meet @Wintertime. ¥— ¥ Star Child ¥ (@StarChildDan) January 14, 2017
wintertime is the only individual in 3017— random user (@b4dl34guep1ay3r) May 27, 2017
Futuristic style queen Janelle Monae is also very 3017:
Janelle Monae out here in the year 3017 and looking flawless in the process. 👑💛 pic.twitter.com/8XSho6HHwe— Cocoa Butter (@cocoabutterbf) June 6, 2017
But “living in 3017” isn’t just about music anymore: it’s evolved into a sarcastic phrase that mocks people who build weird, impractical, low-budget life hacks—what some might call “kludges”—and it’s branched out from Black Twitter to conquer the entire social media landscape.
Let’s take a trip into the world of 3017, starting with the tweet that seems to have launched the meme into the mainstream:
Y'all living in 2017 meanwhile im in 3017. Catch up. pic.twitter.com/k9uOgQUoZJ— Daniel (@MyFavsTrash) May 9, 2017
Damn, Daniel. That’s how people eat cereal in the future. What else are people eating in the far future?
y'all still stuck in 2017, meanwhile I'm out here in 3017 pic.twitter.com/GxEUrgzC9y— Justin (@nothinbutlag) May 16, 2017
Them other ice cream shops livin' in 2017 while we're out here livin' in 3017. pic.twitter.com/Bbw933iGNN— Licks Unlimited (@LicksUnlimited) June 14, 2017
Okay, okay. That’s cool and all, but what are people wearing?
I'm out here in 3017 pic.twitter.com/AI3JgDfiTe— Sofi (@SilversTweet) June 14, 2017
While we are here in 2017 this guys already in 3017 smh pic.twitter.com/f5onKmxTcL— Space Cowboy (@RealRomCade) June 12, 2017
Ugh, I can’t wait to get to 3017. Regular shoelaces are so over. Let’s see what other amazing advances humanity will achieve in the next 1,000 years:
We're all living in 2017 while this man is living in 3017 pic.twitter.com/S5ZqoNuUO4— Ovais Sheikh (@OvaisBowss) June 10, 2017
YALL last night at the club some guy handed me this and told me to text him. WE ARE IN 2017 THIS MAN IS IN 3017 pic.twitter.com/EqEvpDrVbo— lil remnant (@marissuh_x) June 11, 2017
We're in 2017 and this boy in 3017 pic.twitter.com/ZdHAjCelXC— Vinny Cantu (@_vincent_cantu_) May 21, 2017
We're living in 2017 while this kids living in 3017 pic.twitter.com/xnMMfoOK7a— Black Comedy (@FunnyBIacks) June 20, 2017
Hyderix is in 3017 while we're stuck in 2017 pic.twitter.com/afO5RHRsOh— Pz Blue (@Bluex) June 18, 2017
We're in 2017— that bubbly (@KarolineBlek) June 17, 2017
He's in 3017 pic.twitter.com/UJQChtJYr8
We in 2017 meanwhile these guys in 3017 pic.twitter.com/E2yO60xOqQ— waffle house #1 fan (@connzillaa) June 13, 2017
Haircut and phone at the same time— Abdus (@itsabdus_) June 20, 2017
We're living in 2017 and this guy living in 3017 pic.twitter.com/WheIzgyChO
The future of the world looks bright. And so does the future of this meme. There’s no limit to the faux-futuristic junk people can come up with, and they have approximately 1,000 years to keep doing it. By the time this finally gets old, we’ll be seeing previews of the year 4017.
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.