Reality is a bonus stage in the lifecycle of jokes/memes. VanillaJS, ZeroVer, and “The Year of The Linux Desktop” are semi–serious concepts now. Makes me . This is the case for everything — including politics.
Rumor has it that a certain country’s political discourse is actively “memed” by anonymous forums on the Internet. That’s some Serial Experiments Lain type spookiness — funny, until it becomes utterly terrifying.