Thanks to the coronavirus, hours indoors – if not full days – indoors quickly become the new normal for people across the country. Some Gizmodo employees have their own way from coping with the new stress of being locked up, I’ve always spent hours browsing what’s left of the old bad internet, image macros and stuff.
I’ll be the first to tell you that not every early-meme is here to stay, but some are more than worth bringing back. I’m talking about Insanity Wolf, of course.
For the uninitiated, Insanity Wolf was one of the many spinoffs of the advice animals meme format that originated on 4chan more than ten years ago. People who have spent enough time online are probably familiar with these images: a variation of an animal’s head in the center of a multicolored background, with lines of text at the top and bottom that provide guidance on everything from funerals to to flirt.
Insanity Wolf has always been some sort of dark horse from the animal canon board. He is the man who encourages bringing knives to paintball games, Deliver Satan from the depths of hell, and eating the mosquitoes that dare to bite you. Basically, the meme lived up to its name. But more than that, it gave voice to the formless anger and resentment caused by the minor inconveniences of life –the fractions, the bad bosses—And let Internet users bounce right back at them in the form of a crazy black wolf.
And right now there is a lot of shapeless rage all over the country. Employees are angry that they are fired. Federal workers are angry about lackluster protocols around illness. And everyone is angry with Trump for a number of reasons. We have no shortage of it coronavirus memes in any way, but perhaps the current simmer of rural anger calls for one visit to the meme that gives voice to our crying frustration.