Kim Jong-il’s Death Spawns Odd New Meme
In the world of memes, now is apparently never too soonto instigate some laughs at the expense of someone’s death. Shortly after Kim Jong-il’s death was announced Sunday, the web swung into action, dishing out not only the usual news stories and tweets but also an odd second-generation meme.
A Tumblr blog called Kim Jong-un Looking at Things immediately popped up, and it features pictures of the North Korean leader’s son and “Great Successor,” Kim Jong-un, staring at you, mountains, industrial equipment and other objects. The thumbnail of this post (above) shows Kim Jong-un looking at “the rhythm” of his clapping.
The single-topic blog follows in the footsteps of Kim Jong-il Looking at Things, which launched in 2010 to showcase the dictator gazing at things such as sweaters, army cadets and sausages. Containing only six photographs so far, the new blog should fill up as Kim Jong-un makes more public appearances in his role as North Korea’s head honcho. Someone also has created a nearly identical blog on Posterous.
The original Looking at Things blog first caught mainstream attention in December 2010 after a thread on Reddit racked up more than 2,000 up votes, says Know Your Meme‘s entry about the blog. The Washington Post, NPR, Funny or Die and Laughing Squid were among the major media outlets and humor blogs to share the blog with the world, Know Your Meme reports.
Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack Saturday, according to North Korean state television, which also said Kim Jong-un is heir to the throne.