I usually find new memes tiresome, but I am really loving this one, as you might expect. It starts with the "James Van Der Beek Crying" picture, which is so old at this point that it practically creaks. But from there people have been using it to express 90s problems (particularly those which seem silly, trivial, or unbelievable to us today).
The "1990s Problems" Meme
Although I must say that some of these are problems that I still face, to be honest. I don't have fancypants digital cable (I decided to use the money to get a streaming Netflix subscription instead). So I still have the problem of looking away from the TV Guide channel and having to wait until the channels scroll back around again.
But thankfully I no longer have to worry about things like CDs skipping, un-rewound VHS tapes, and phones with cords.
Other examples are almost too apt to be funny. For example, "THE TAGS RIPPED OFF MY BEANIE BABIES/NOW THEY WILL BE WORTHLESS 10 YEARS FROM NOW." I bet there are a lot of people who are only chuckling at that through gritted teeth. How many people essentially invested their money in Beanie Babies instead of stock? And how many of them hugely regret the error now? Is there anything as worthless as someone's old Beanie Babies collection?
And others still point to the vast cultural shifts that have occurred over the last 20 years. I'm thinking in particular of "I BOUGHT THE CD BECAUSE I LIKED THE SINGLE/THE REST OF THE ALBUM IS CRAP." How many of us had that experience? Repeatedly? After all, this was the reason why so many CD stores used to have listening stations. Ostensibly, you would be able to wean out the albums which had one hit song and ten lousy ones. In practice, it never quite worked that way.
The ability to buy JUST the hit song, without having to pay for the entire rest of the album, has caused a massive upheaval in the music industry. A lot of artists now essentially just build singles. You used to have an artist spend all year putting together an album that would release all at once. Now, artists like Lady Gaga release singles every few months. Sure, they all come from the same album, but only the core fans buy the entire album. Most people just buy the singles as they are released and catchy.
Oh 1990s problems - I don't think I miss a single one of you!