Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images) Every meme has a lifespan. Sure, you can share any meme you choose at any time you’d like, but I’d guess that if you were to reach into your meme rolodex and pull out a Laughing SpongeBob or Grumpy Cat in 2021 that you’d be flexing some weak, unstudied game. In the days since president Joe Biden’s inauguration, a photo of Senator Bernie Sanders—sitting alone with tussled hair, wearing a grandfatherly winter coat, blue surgical mask, and mittens knitted by a school teacher from Burlington, Vermont—has streaked across the internet and become social media’s most popular meme. Online, Bernie is everywhere (and you can put him in more places , too, if you’d like)— hanging out with crustaceans , building New York City , in an Edward Hopper painting , palling around with the cast of Sex And The City . But like all memes that came before it, this Bernie meme will eventually sputter and fade away. Here’s how to know when a meme is on the wane, and how to save yourself the embarrassment of sharing a meme that’s flat out dead. Most memes aren’t meant to escape the internet Memes, generally speaking, are inside jokes meant to spark joy among an internet-savvy crowd. When a meme breaks the online threshold and starts cropping up on cable news—or when your parents start dropping them in the family text chain—it’s probably a fair assumption that the meme is dead. Though the lifespan and […]