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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Comments • 2 025

  • Slurmp
    Slurmp  2 months back

    So what you're saying is... I should blame the Baby Boomer generation for my depression.

    • machachaist
      machachaist  2 months back

      that hair....

      • Dylan Walsh
        Dylan Walsh  2 months back

        "condemnation of normiedom"

        Holy shit what a time to be alive

        • Honey Bee Talks
          Honey Bee Talks  2 months back

          Memes are art. I love this generation.

          • Damon Savinski
            Damon Savinski  2 months back

            "millennials and gen Zers have grown up with the promise of a better future" YOU are the future though, gotta get past those "failed parenting techniques" and false participation medal confidence and make that impact. its not gonna happen 6 months into an internship, its gonna happen with work. The world is depressing and abysmal? CHANGE it. Make the difference thats needed. Shit posting depression while simply being along for the ride cause "meh, the worlds already trash" wont fix anything, itll just pass along the shitty world to the next generations like the current world inherited from our grandparents. The first step is the hardest one, but nothing is gonna change without making it. memes certainly aren't changing anything, other than perpetuating the idea that its okay to just be depressed, do nothing and watch it all burn because "theres nothing we can do". as soon as people give up and join that bandwagon then there is nothing they can do. The world is clearly waiting for people to step up and start making changes, BE those people, RISE UP and make the impact, CHANGE how the world works for the better.

            • Damon Savinski
              Damon Savinski  2 months back

              better explanation here

              • Logan Douglas
                Logan Douglas  2 months back

                If a quarter of the people who signed the petition would actually storm area 51 there would be no casualties and we would actually get information but sadly people won't actually do that

                • Nick
                  Nick  2 months back

                  Great Video!!!!

                  • AR W
                    AR W  2 months back

                    6:00 holy shit for some odd things this line somehow reflect how i behave and felt everyday

                    • Michael Streich
                      Michael Streich  2 months back

                      Actually the aliens are in area 15.
                      MAJOR LET DOWN. LOL!

                      • Insom Niac
                        Insom Niac  2 months back

                        Is philosophy an opinion or a fact?

                        • Dask Crew
                          Dask Crew  2 months back

                          Beeps on the internet... people died for the freedom of speech and you are using Beeps and blurs on the internet and instead of saying something about that to YouTube you keep using their platform to post videos.

                          • Yunseo Jang
                            Yunseo Jang  2 months back

                            Is there an actual film of "Notes from underground?" If so, where can I find it?

                            • Diablo Santo
                              Diablo Santo  2 months back

                              1000 times less people came. Glad no one died.

                              • Mario Zarate
                                Mario Zarate  2 months back

                                very modern interpretations, really good

                                • Zoe Nelson
                                  Zoe Nelson  2 months back

                                  Whenever you imagine or get close to dying, you feel this fire in yourself, the zeal for life. You look in the mirror, and you see a force of nature. A courageous warrior fighting for life.

                                  'You've got so much to live for!'
                                  'You can really change the world!'

                                  But as soon as you embrace life, it's as if the mirror flips. You see a parasite who feeds off the pain of others. You see someone who is unlovable, and unable to love.

                                  'Nobody will _really_ care if you die.'
                                  'You'll never achieve anything of worth.'

                                  So, there is an unresolvable dichotomy lying under your whole life. To be or not to be? That is the question...

                                  But since living is the default setting, and you aren't _really_ depressed (right?), you'll just keep on living. And nobody will ever know that anything was ever wrong.

                                  Oh, did I say 'you'? Damn autocorrect...

                                  • Zoe Nelson
                                    Zoe Nelson  2 months back

                                    Just read Crime and Punishment, wasn't sure which of Dostoevsky's to read next but now I'm captivated by Notes from Underground, so I think that'll be next.

                                    This video got it bang on. So many people at my school go on and on with depression jokes and memes (including me), and whether we notice it or not, this obsession over dark and suicidal jokes seems to me like a cry for help. It doesn't necessarily mean we're clinically depressed... but maybe just lonely. I know that's not uncommon for teenagers these days.

                                    • 3ICE
                                      3ICE  2 months back

                                      Stop bleeping and blurring every occurrence of the word "shit". It's not worth anything if you put it uncensored in the video subtitles [CC]... You got demonetized anyway. Fail.
                                      1:03 the land of shitposting: Depression memes.
                                      | 2:41 So what is a shitpost? | 2:58 shitpost if not a pointless, carnivalesque
                                      3:04 shitposting
                                      | 3:14 likening the shitpost to | 3:34 19th century proto-shitposter. | 6:29 shitpost, The Underground Man
                                      6:43 depression shitpost looks not only to express despair
                                      | 8:06 shitposting represent a rejection of optimistic

                                      • 3ICE
                                        3ICE  2 months back

                                        I am sensitive to the high pitched, tonal sine wave you use to *bleep*.

                                    • Xavier Allred
                                      Xavier Allred  2 months back

                                      The underground man isnt nearly as smart as he thinks he is.

                                      • kensyre
                                        kensyre  2 months back

                                        stonks 📈

                                        • noregrets92
                                          noregrets92  2 months back

                                          I don't know about everyone else but I feel depressed when I lack purpose and it alleviates when I feel useful. That and if my blood sugar is low.

                                          • Jason Wood
                                            Jason Wood  2 months back


                                            • RadicalEdward37
                                              RadicalEdward37  2 months back

                                              I love depression memes, they remind me that there are people on the internet as jaded as me.

                                              • Lady D
                                                Lady D  2 months back

                                                I hope you'll pardon my ignorance here...but what _is_ a group of Kyles???

                                                • NoFunPolice
                                                  NoFunPolice  2 months back

                                                  Do you really have to censor the word **** in order to not get demonetized?

                                                  • Deadpool was here
                                                    Deadpool was here  3 months back

                                                    It happend they did it they shall forever live on in glory for the sacrifice

                                                    • Hysterical
                                                      Hysterical  3 months back

                                                      ... It's literally just a meme :/

                                                      • Sinister Mephisto
                                                        Sinister Mephisto  3 months back

                                                        I saw this on sept 20th 2019 and yes people stormed area 51

                                                        • Sean Fitzsimons
                                                          Sean Fitzsimons  3 months back

                                                          Watching on the day of😂😂turned out about how I expected.

                                                          • Dogge Catte
                                                            Dogge Catte  3 months back

                                                            Could've done without the 'happy note' that invalidates everything that went before it. It's the happy ending we need to reject if we're gonna move forward. Fuck the human condition man.

                                                            • Mykel Mellen
                                                              Mykel Mellen  3 months back

                                                              "We find a very specific flavor of existentialism in the shitpost meme".

                                                              That flavor is called lazy.

                                                              • Jacob
                                                                Jacob  3 months back

                                                                It’s not just to “see the aliens,” it’s to clap those alien cheeks 👽 👏🏻

                                                                • Jessica Y.
                                                                  Jessica Y.  3 months back

                                                                  Isn't this generation great?

                                                                  *laughs in self-diagnosed depression*

                                                                  • RAN Quyet Thang T
                                                                    RAN Quyet Thang T  3 months back

                                                                    Some people think that they have the right to happiness, but what people have the actual right to is the pursuit of happiness.
                                                                    It means that you have to pursue happiness to get it. It also means that unfortunately some people don't get to be happy even though they tried.
                                                                    Some people blame themselves for their lack of happiness.

                                                                    Some people blames others for their lack of happiness, hence incel, misogyny, misandry and racism.
                                                                    Some people blames society for their lack of happiness, hence the depression.

                                                                    • Fluffysheepbruh
                                                                      Fluffysheepbruh  3 months back

                                                                      The underground man is so boring and i cant see its significance at all. I came up with that "awareness" at the age of 10, coincidentally coinciding when I became aware of death. .


                                                                      • EMAngel 2718
                                                                        EMAngel 2718  3 months back

                                                                        I'm really feeling the underground man

                                                                        • RedwoodTheElf
                                                                          RedwoodTheElf  3 months back

                                                                          WUB A LUB A DUB DUB!

                                                                          What would be funny would be if the idiots storm Area 51, and the guards and scientists there have spent the advance warning time to build a fake UFO in Hangar 18 with a lemonade stand manned by actors in alien suits.

                                                                          Anything really secret will have been removed from the facility decades ago when it became a household name.

                                                                          • Dylan Kane
                                                                            Dylan Kane  3 months back

                                                                            This was some real shit

                                                                            • кιℓℓυʍιηαтι
                                                                              кιℓℓυʍιηαтι  3 months back

                                                                              The solution is simple; turn off your "social media" and other online stuff once in a while for a week or so and simply do what you did before you had an internet connection at all.

                                                                              • Kendra
                                                                                Kendra  3 months back

                                                                                There better be 566 pics of dem aliens... Up until now.

                                                                                • HH Picketfence H
                                                                                  HH Picketfence H  3 months back

                                                                                  It seems like the modern trend on anything is just to whine about it and despair about the sorry state of their own existence (because God forbid they appreciate all of the incredible modern amenities that literally no other generation in human history would've had the luxury of appreciating). Just as there are two sides to every coin, there are two ways (or many, many more) to look at any given situation or circumstance. There is the "popular" way of looking at the modern world in the form of late-stage capitalism where "you are a cog in the machine that has no meaning whatsoever...and then you die" kind of outlook that fuels this "Storm Area 51" bullshit. But there is in equal measure (or at least there ought to be) another message that says that we decide the meaning in our otherwise meaningless existence. Anyone who even jokes about storming Area 51 has clearly surrendered to the inherent meaninglessness of the world and of their very existence, which I find pathetic. True, life is inherently devoid of meaning; and yes, it is true that we are all one day destined to die; but if I, like every one of us, am to eventually be as a cow to slaughter, I will go as the finest kobe beef: appreciative of the journey I have traveled, the luxuries I have enjoyed, and will spread my good tidings unto the future that they may positively enjoy the bounties of the very fact that I existed in the first place. The future stands upon the shoulders of the present, and if the shoulders of the present should falter, what then? … Food for thought.

                                                                                  • CrazyJayBe
                                                                                    CrazyJayBe  3 months back

                                                                                    Oh look, he combed.

                                                                                    ...a little

                                                                                    • Vincenzo Pollice
                                                                                      Vincenzo Pollice  3 months back


                                                                                      • Ryre
                                                                                        Ryre  3 months back

                                                                                        _philosophising a shit post made 3am in the morning using crayons by a neckbeard whose skin is glued to his couch_

                                                                                        • iamjohnporter67
                                                                                          iamjohnporter67  3 months back

                                                                                          I really hate memes. In the late 2010s they were funny but since 2017 they haven gotten worse.

                                                                                          • Werrf1
                                                                                            Werrf1  3 months back

                                                                                            There are two types of people who joke about depression: People with depression, and people who have no fucking clue what depression is.

                                                                                            • Jae_BT BabyBird
                                                                                              Jae_BT BabyBird  3 months back


                                                                                              • Patrick Moore
                                                                                                Patrick Moore  3 months back

                                                                                                I've recently started watching The Orville and it's surprisingly very philosophical. It'd be awesome if you guys could make a video about the show and help me better understand it😃 thank you and keep up the good work