2014! What a year, right? Things happened in real life (did they ever), but things also happened on the Internet, which is like real life only better because nothing that happens on here really counts, you know? Like you can literally do whatever you want without facing repercussions! Or, at least, that’s how many, many, many pieces of actual human garbage act on the Internet all the time. Anyway, this is not the time or the place to address the dark underbelly of the Internet, but rather is where we’d like to celebrate the things that made the Internet fun this year—best and brightest of what happened online in 2014. And not just the best and brightest, but also, uh, the shiniest.
That Time Kim Kardashian Broke the Internet: Who could forget that time we all remembered that Paper was still a magazine and that it had actually staged a major coup by publishing the best cover of all time, one that was intended to break the whole goddamned Internet, but which only wound up making it faster, better, stronger? All hail Kim Kardashian. Now excuse us, we’re going to go buy some Neutrogena Sesame Oil, because, damn, that has to be the secret to looking like that, right? Right?!
It was the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ of times, it was the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ of times.
— Kevin Nguyen (@knguyen) May 13, 2014
¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Who could ignore this little guy this year? Nobody on the Internet, that’s for sure. He was everywhere, just shrugging at all the fucked up things going on around him. And who can blame him? Sometimes, there’s nothing to do in the face of madness but shrug.
I Woke Up Like This: Ok, so yes, Beyoncé sang “I woke up like this” in 2013. But it was the very end of December, so it took a while to really catch on and as a meme “I woke up like this” was still going strong through August of this year, when Lena Dunham posted the above photo to Instagram.
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