"Shitposts” from the 60′s
Contemporary internet humor is commonly considered to have a very dada sensibility. However, a closer art comparison would be to fluxus. Meme culture and so-called shitposting resemble fluxus scores and performances, and fluxkits.
I was checking out fluxkits and scores in my school’s artists’ book collection and was struck by one in particular, Water Yam by George Brecht published in 1963. The resemblance of this kit to tumblr posts was striking to me, and I wanted to share some of my favorites:
This one reminds me of the nonsensical How To’s of the internet, the first one that comes to mind is the How To Spoon post.
This one may be the most “shit-post”y of them all.
Striking similarity to the gun meme:
I love this one so much because it sounds like someone inventing pop punk for the very first time.
And my very favorite: