YTMND is known for its tendency to propagate a great number of fads and in-jokes. Note that the fads almost never consist of only the elements indicated for them. Indeed, the fads could not be as popular without variation or a nice cup of coffee and cheetos.
Intertextuality is a relationship between two or more texts that quote from one another, allude to one another, or otherwise connect.
One form of intertextuality is the relation of elements within a single site. Sites of the "classic" picture/sound/text variety use intertextuality between the image, the sound and the text to amplify or even create new meaning in their source materials. In instances where all the materials are from the same source, the elements build upon one another to make even a throw-away line one of significance. Sites with unrelated source materials repurpose each element to work toward a meaning that could not be reached from any one individual picture, sound or text alone.
It is important to note that, even if a site refers to another site, that doesn't mean they're part of a fad; for example, William fails at his day job is based off of HOLD, but those two sites don't constitute a fad.
The subject matter of YTMNDs are evolving and producing new combinations as replication continues by the second. One example is the What is love? YTMND. The YTMND features an animated GIF clip of a sketch from Saturday Night Live with Chris Kattan, Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell with a repeating section of Haddaway's song "What Is Love". It was soon followed by What is NES Love?, in which the clip is rendered in an 8-bit graphics style similar to those found on a game from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), complete with an NES version of the song. This was followed by What is a-ha?, with the clip drawn in a style similar to the music video for the song "Take on Me" along with a clip of the song. The fad was then merged with the Tiger Handheld fad for What is Tiger?. It was even mixed with the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince spoiler fad for What is Dumbledore?.
In some cases, a YTMND is framed to incorporate as many fads as possible, often called a fad Conglomerate or fad compilation. One such example is the "YTMND: For Game Boy" site, which features a Pokémon-like Game Boy game where elements from other fads duel to the death. This is not a fad on its own but communicates the popularity and nature of borrowing from other fads (However, it recently got a "real", functional game of its own.). Another is "YTMNDamacy", which involves Katamari Damacy-style balls rolling up other fad images. This is combined with sound clips from other fad YTMNDs arranged to the song "Katamari on the Rocks".
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "aren't these actually memes?" And the answer to that question is, no. They're fads. Shut up.
Follows the actual fads in lists and divided by category.
- Most Popular Fads
- Film-related fads
- Television-related fads
- Music-related fads
- Video game-related fads
- Political fads
- Miscellaneous fads
- User-related fads
Popular YTMND songs
Many popular YTMND songs have been made available to download in a compiled soundtrack by YTMND user, fyrestorm via BitTorrent. The soundtrack currently has 15 volumes, each made to fit on standard 74 minute Compact Disc length. Volume 15 was released on March 12, 2007.
Some argue that fads aren't creative. Some think that doing the same thing over and over again, sometimes without adding anything new, is repetitive and unfunny. However, a good YTMND user can make good sites out even the most NARVish of fads.
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