If you, like many people, happen to use the social media platform Instagram, you have probably noticed that certain content gets a lot of engagement while other posts are ignored. It is a seemingly universally known truth that a well-lit, perfectly staged picture often performs better than a post that’s, um, more candid.
The new “we live in a society” meme pokes fun at that phenomenon.
The joke is perhaps best illustrated by this illustration of two mice. On the left, there is a polished rodent that resembles Mickey Mouse. He gets a lot of attention. On the right, there is a regular mouse. No one seems to care.
This concept seems pretty straightforward: We live in a society that only appreciates popular, attractive, or aesthetically pleasing people, places, and things.
Some might argue that we’re reading a little too far into things. Twitter user @660th, who created the mouse meme, said there’s nothing deep about it. “It was just meant to be a stupid, ironic joke,” they said of the meme.
But we’re not the only ones giving a deeper meaning to the picture. The format seems to have resonated online and the original tweet has gone super viral.
And there are plenty of iterations of the meme that demonstrate how people have grasped the concept, which embraces things that are under-appreciated for a number of reasons.
In conclusion, we live in a society:
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