Storm Area 51 and the Rise of Depression Memes – Wisecrack Vlog

  • Published: 10 August 2019
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    The "Storm Area 51 Facebook group" has become a breeding ground for a particular subgenre of sh*tposting: depression memes. In this Vlog, we argue that depression memes are the most modern development of a philosophical and psychological sentiment immortalized over 150 years ago in what is considered one of the first existentialist stories: Fyodor Dostoevsky's novella Notes From Underground.

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    Written by: Jeared Bauer
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Comments • 1 704

  • some twist
    some twist  2 hours back

    ah the curse of having a liberal arts Bachelors degree - overanalyzing other idiots in terms of the one Dostoyevsky novella you read...

    • Alphonso ButlakIV
      Alphonso ButlakIV  4 hours back

      In reality, if area 51 is funded by taxes, it's out right to vote to cut it's funds if we don't get an open look at it's goings on? Should probably cut funds if they react with deadly force anyway, no doubt this issue will be dragged out after the storm if anyone does anything.

      • Alphonso ButlakIV
        Alphonso ButlakIV  4 hours back

        No one is getting in, I'll be defending it with my mini tank and hotdog cannon

        • Timur Arslanov
          Timur Arslanov  5 hours back

          What if they relocate them aliens to another base before we storm them so we don't get to see them aliens? Petition to send squad of weebs to Area 52

          • dengamleidiot
            dengamleidiot  5 hours back


            • staberas
              staberas  6 hours back

              I'm in despair! The fact that someone would make a Area51 meme analysis has left me in despair! -Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

              • M T
                M T  9 hours back

                I always saw depression memes as an attempt of self ironisation. The ancient Greeks said tragedy + time = comedy. I see depression memes in a similar way, turning the depression into a humours meme for all to comment, bond and laugh over. It's as if the creation of the meme in the first place is like the person acknowledging they have a problem and then by posting it the comments section becomes like an anonymous therapy session. To push the philosophical references further, by posting the depression meme in the first place we're witnessing what Barthes calls the 'Death of the Author', as the original intent and meaning of the meme ascribed by its creator is lost and altered by the array of comments that flood in.

                • Frank Hope
                  Frank Hope  15 hours back

                  Never have I watched a video which encapsulate my feelings perfectly.

                  • Bucky Barnes
                    Bucky Barnes  17 hours back

                    So we all ready to die boys?

                    • werewolf914
                      werewolf914  17 hours back

                      Storming Area 51 may be high risk, but it's even higher reward when you get to clap those Alien cheeks, and if you don't make it in, then hey your dead what do you care then? It's a win-win

                      • Chris T
                        Chris T  19 hours back

                        I love the "men are not piano keys" passage so much I have it taped to the wall opposite my desk

                        • knate44
                          knate44  20 hours back

                          More Dostoevsky

                          • Hue Hue Hue Hue Hue
                            Hue Hue Hue Hue Hue  23 hours back

                            why do those memes keep referring to people with crippling depression owning miatas? HOW DID YOU KNOW

                            • Maverick Hargrave
                              Maverick Hargrave  24 hours back

                              A lot of people say depression memes are therapeutic.

                              • Umar
                                Umar  1 days back

                                What's with that shitty music in the background. Made the video unbearable.

                                • Bryan Mota
                                  Bryan Mota  1 days back

                                  Wtf is a Kyle shock troop

                                  • Jalen Andrew
                                    Jalen Andrew  1 days back

                                    I'm sure what your saying is really deep and all, but I'm just here for the memes

                                    • 26dollar
                                      26dollar  1 days back

                                      I wana die

                                      • LadyPi
                                        LadyPi  1 days back

                                        Unexpected Regina Duarte is unexpected 😂

                                        • Enki Du
                                          Enki Du  1 days back

                                          Meh, human connection is vastly overrated.

                                          • Ðømain Green
                                            Ðømain Green  2 days back

                                            Jared talking about how sh*tposting is art.
                                            I bet he sips wine like Mr. Broflovski from Southpark, while sh*tposting on his own, feeling like Beethoven.

                                            • Gab OT
                                              Gab OT  2 days back

                                              well thank you for making me feel better...

                                              i love you paroxetin!

                                              • staticbb
                                                staticbb  2 days back

                                                shout out mental illness!

                                                • anthrogend
                                                  anthrogend  2 days back

                                                  That Wix shout-out at the end kinda lightened me up.

                                                  • Reel
                                                    Reel  2 days back

                                                    What if people go and find a door to O U T ??

                                                    • Karabo ManneZA
                                                      Karabo ManneZA  2 days back

                                                      In South Africa we have a meme that says
                                                      “go to the place you sent your resume to and pretend you already got the job and just work...we’re tired of being unemployed, they cant kick you out!” Its a reflection of the level of unemployment even with a qualification n experience thats happening here n maybe everywhere in the world...we have people with phd’s in engineering who have been unemployed for 7 years

                                                      • se Leon
                                                        se Leon  3 days back

                                                        This was the perfect video for a betterhelp sponsorship -_-

                                                        • blue star96
                                                          blue star96  3 days back

                                                          This meme is so stupid

                                                          • mike avery
                                                            mike avery  3 days back

                                                            That was pretty random diving deep into the psyche of man when all you should have been talkin about is how they should be going to the Wright-Patterson base or the other base near area 51 that has all the new toys oh whatever go on with your mental theology.

                                                            • ArmedForceKitty
                                                              ArmedForceKitty  3 days back

                                                              Storm Area 51 or u gay.

                                                              • Phil Borgen's Social Acc

                                                                I'm glad you made a video about this. Not only was it interresting and showcased a movie i film absolitely have to check out, but it also touches on a topic i personally wish more people would understand. No, not shitposting, but depression. The biggest problem in my life is that i still don't have people around me that understands it and has zero tolerance towards it...
                                                                At least i can find comfort in depression-posting, feeling like i'm not alone in this suffering...

                                                                • A ViRGO
                                                                  A ViRGO  3 days back

                                                                  Boy did I find all of that talk about depression very relatable LOL

                                                                  • Arr Ziz
                                                                    Arr Ziz  3 days back

                                                                    9:14-9:42 Without that part this video would have been incomplete.."and we are all privately agreed that it is better in books".

                                                                    • Arr Ziz
                                                                      Arr Ziz  3 days back

                                                                      6:45-6:52 Social media hasn't been around too long to begin w/nor were all or even most of them 'sunny' to begin w/..'_' that Jared 'slipped' into thinking or saying this makes me think how powerful social media has been in defining the decade,though.

                                                                      • SchoisseundGoyle
                                                                        SchoisseundGoyle  3 days back

                                                                        Censoring the word 'shitposting' was extremely distracting and irritating

                                                                        • Harsh Ojha
                                                                          Harsh Ojha  3 days back

                                                                          Watch and do a episode on philosophy of sacred games , its an indian Netflix series and it has crazy philosophy , please please do wisecrack episode of this

                                                                          • Agustin Atala
                                                                            Agustin Atala  3 days back

                                                                            El cine argentino llega a wisecrack.

                                                                            En el vídeo no se habla de cine argentino.

                                                                            • Albert Sitoe
                                                                              Albert Sitoe  3 days back

                                                                              I legit want to buy a plane ticket 🎫 🤣

                                                                              • Jay Pea The King
                                                                                Jay Pea The King  3 days back

                                                                                Beeep beeep beeeep
                                                                                Itˋs 2019.
                                                                                reevaluate your standarts

                                                                                • M.G. Smith
                                                                                  M.G. Smith  3 days back

                                                                                  Living in neoliberal times means saying you are always expected to say Yes when you mean to say no, and like it, creating an underlining anxiety which leads to anxiety's hangover, depression. From being expected to be available 24-7, seeing constant change in our life environment whether it be social change, technological change, no longer looking forward to having, at the least, a stable career to depend on... all these things seem... wrong to our deepest subconscious . And long term stress is devastating for the body. Anxiety or depression is just one manifestation of this. Mass shootings, suicide, voting against your self interest on wildcard ideas are all others.

                                                                                  • Aadam El'mey
                                                                                    Aadam El'mey  3 days back

                                                                                    Things like this happens, how many that suffers from this is astounding.

                                                                                    • Mr. Winley
                                                                                      Mr. Winley  3 days back

                                                                                      Yeah but missed opportunity to end the video by saying “And again, please don’t storm Area 51. Remember that in space, no one can hear you meme.”

                                                                                      • Martín Mehaudy
                                                                                        Martín Mehaudy  3 days back

                                                                                        Great video 👍 Keep it up!
                                                                                        You should have sponsored it with the psychologist service you often promote.

                                                                                        • David Dagnino
                                                                                          David Dagnino  3 days back

                                                                                          Do an update now that the "Storm Area 51" event has been transformed into an actual music festival.

                                                                                          Expecting thousands of attendees in a town of 54 people and less than a month to prepare, some are already comparing it to Fyre Festival.

                                                                                          • SHINJI GETS GROUNDED
                                                                                            SHINJI GETS GROUNDED  3 days back

                                                                                            Area 51 meme is a Russian PsyOp you idiots

                                                                                            • Varun Patil
                                                                                              Varun Patil  4 days back

                                                                                              I'm in this photo and I don't like it.

                                                                                              • CmdrRenegade
                                                                                                CmdrRenegade  4 days back

                                                                                                Go for it, guys! They can't stop you all! Find your big tiddy cat girls and alien space ships!

                                                                                                • Jamie Marcelle
                                                                                                  Jamie Marcelle  4 days back

                                                                                                  I want to know that music that was playing on the later half