Europe is on the Brink of War, but at Least People Are Making Sick Memes

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By William Hicks | 3:38 pm, December 20, 2016

The assassination of a Russian ambassador by a lone Turkish gunman can have starkĀ geopolitical ramifications. A world beset by strife, terrorism, and a changing political order is looking more dire and unpredictable by the day.

Well, at least we have edgy, nihilistic meme makers to lighten the mood with tasteless irony. Even before the ambassador’s body cooled, the internet was hard at work meme-ifying the shooting.

Such is the modern age where even the most tragic, and foreboding political event is fodder for pop culture humor.

While this event is very unlikely to spark a World War, it does raise the question of what would happen if Franz Ferdinand were shot today? Would there be amazing “too soon” .gif opportunities galore? As nations mobilized for war, would slackers on the internet be booting up Photoshop to sporkĀ the whole endeavor?

Have we reached peak internet irony? How far will these damn memesters go before even the most sacred of tragedies are the laid bare by the scourge of memeing?

WTF is the world coming to.

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