Stop Hitting Yourself: A Brief Examination of the “Karen” Meme

It is often the case with a meme that what is new is not the idea, but the visuals, the signifiers, by which that idea is expressed. The Karen meme fits into the phenomenon of inventions made in order to anger the creator, with the secondary intent of sharing this invention so that a kind of collective irritation occurs. After all, the more traction a meme gets, the more power it acquires; and the more power it acquires, the more it integrates with the fabric of reality. On one level, this is comparable to the traditional function of “negative”…