An Internet meme has gone missing (you can’t end a meme, but you can certainly eliminate its foundation). For a few years now, people would prank each other online by “Rickrolling” them. Being Rickrolled was annoying to many, yet oh-so-fun to do to others. If you aren’t familiar with what a Rickroll is, then you’ve obviously never been the victim of the video. It a famous Internet prank involving the music video for the old Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up”. Internet users typically send the URL of the video to another user and the practice results in the person being “Rickrolled”.
What are your thoughts on Internet memes such as this? Are you one of those people who will send the links to every person you possibly can, or are you someone who shudders every time a new one pops up?
Apparently, someone – somewhere – wanted the Rickroll to live on. It only stayed down for a few hours, and is now back in all its Rick Astley glory!
Is a meme takedown the new rickroll?