The Meme Machine - Trailer

RT Docs: The Meme Machine - Trailer

Premieres December 16 only on FIRST. Love them or hate them, memes are here to stay. In The Meme Machine, Rooster Teeth explores the origins of memes and how they spread, and digs into the stories behind some of the most popular “human memes” like Ermahgerd Girl, Overly Attached Girlfriend, and Chocolate Rain Guy.

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  • irishezio17 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 months ago

    Memes were a mistake

  • PhantomFeathers FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 months ago

    Cultural junk food...that's a brilliant way to put it.


    Not sure what direction this is taking, but if Connected is anything to go by, it'll be a fascinating and revealing look into human behavior on the Internet.

  • NancyInvincible FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    ERMAHGERD I cannot wait! 

  • One_True_God FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I am going to say this now this will be hard to achieve, due to the live span of memes. Nevertheless i look forward to it.

  • Jazzstinson FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I can't wait to watch it

  • korbitr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Roller of Ones

    6 months ago

    As much as I despise memes, this documentary actually looks pretty good and in depth...

    • Muroidea Pickle Party

      6 months ago

      Same here. All those image macros are so, so, so beaten to death. I really can't stand seeing them anymore. But this documentary seems nice and I'll watch it. 

  • koolkellen09 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    Life goal: don't become a meme.

  • Kaotac FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I know it's pedantic (It may not be. I don't know if I used the right word) but the view counter that was spinning up was missing the commas.

    Anyway, looking forward to watching!

  • Darthmarshie

    6 months ago

    Laina is so cool!

  • FelixEgadrik FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dat Boi

    6 months ago

    Oooh looking forward to this one! I'd love to hear more about how meme culture has evolved and how it has shaped people.  ok_hand After having finally gotten around to watching their ASMR one, I'm sure I'll enjoy this one just as much.

  • TtSUcellborn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    Looking forward to that cameo of Roy from the Challenge Finders. XD

  • Jianju FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ヽ(⌐■_■)ノ♪♬

    6 months ago

    The lack of memes is what led to the fall of Rome.

    • EHbomber FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      so you're telling me those old-ass vases WERN'T just painted with memes?

  • mynameisnathan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    This is cool and all, but what I'm wondering is where the hell is the RT doc where James and Lawrence learn the art of professional wrestling?!? I mean c'mon get to work guys.

    • Kr1sp FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Or, since RT is now in league with Funimation, a DBZ doc hosted by James would be awesome.

  • ninaeatworld FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I can't wait!!!  caboose

  • SpleeSpree FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I Got Dem Braindawgs

    6 months ago

    Just visit 4chan. Spend a few weeks there and you'll understand how and why memes are born. It's where 90% of them have started.

  • RWBY_Yang FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    These memes are so outdated at this point. honestly this looks cringey. I feel that when I watch this, I will not be able to finish it, because I will be writhing on the floor in pure cringe at the out-dated ness of these memes. the newest meme in this trailer was fucking dat boi which is a cancer to the internet as is, not to mention that its almost a year old. you couldn't have done some Crusader memes? or a Trump meme? or even deja vu meme? Or are your meme technology's so outdated that you're still in the 2010 era of top and bottom text over peoples pictures. I expect better memes from you guys, but all you give me is 7 month old cancer and 6 year old piles of shit. am disapointed 

    • Kr1sp FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      You realize documentaries often look at the history and context behind something. They're not going to make a documentary on a joke someone on 4chan made a week ago that dies out a week after the doc comes out.

    • 8bitdee my views are your own

      6 months ago

      Your trolling skills are subpar. Go get a life.

    • LittleThomasKid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Looks like someone doesn't know what "history" means. lol

    • RWBY_Yang FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      "Doesn't know what History means"

      Spent 8 years learning about histories from Roman Times to WW2.

      Spent 8 years learning and researching Titanic.

      6 Years on WW2 and WW1.

      1 Year on the Roman Empire.

      1 Year on Native Americans after colonization. 

      2 Years on the Japanese Empire.

      7 Years on Canadian and American History from the 1780's onward.

      1 Year of the History of Photography and Film.


      I've dedicated so much of my life to this one subject, and I have learned so much about different people and places, Empires and nations that rose and fell. But apparently, I don't know what History means. 

  • BByamete FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Bukkake

    6 months ago

    This is sick, I want to watch it. That said, I'm surprised internet memes haven't been tackled as much as I thought in the documentary world. Especially seeing how it has single-handedly shaped much of the internet culture -- let alone youth culture in the 21st century. 


    Also, will you guys release RT Docs to public eventually? I think it's vital for educational vids to disseminate to a larger audience. Though I say that, these videos are clearly more entertaining, so I guess it is understandable that profit takes priority.


    In any case, looking forward to it.

  • Jessieatscheese FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I am looking forward to this. Kind of a scary concept to cover because the internet is protective of its memes, but I know RT can handle it. 

  • ItsMeMara

    6 months ago

    Initially it sounded odd but after watching the trailer I am super excited and it seems super interesting 

  • Arkatox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    Curious why this isn't on YouTube yet. Trailers are usually the only content that get uploaded to the site and YouTube at the same time.

  • Carnegie-senpai FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    This actually looks really interesting, probably going to be the 1st rt doc I am going to watch.

    • Arkatox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      The others are actually really good. Connected is probably my favorite. I recommend it if you have the time.

    • ItsMeMara

      6 months ago

      You didn't watch connected? I thought that one was good

  • themitch101 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    If this Doc becomes a meme how ironic would that be....

    • nicus9 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Will they then have to make a documentary about their documentary?

  • Patofilio FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Hey!

    6 months ago

    Ermahgerd RT Doc!!!

  • PlanL FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    Even though part of me deep down really wants all of the RT docs to revolve around the RT employees I love, another part of me also really appreciates that the company has a wider pool of subjects they might want to explore, and that they're putting genuinely interesting twists on modern-day cultural phenomenons while making people think about them in a whole new way. Testing both the positive and negative social impact of not using modern technology, similarly to the tests they do in Immersion. Finding a man in a little village halfway around the world whose spiritual services became an accidental viral hit in the rapidly-expanding ASMR community. And now, finding the people who are the faces behind memes, to presumably find out about both the positive and negative affects it has had on their lives.


    After the last doc, I saw a lot of people saying that the doc dramatically shifted their perspective or even changed their whole way of life for the better, so I'm sure this doc will make a lot of people think more carefully about the people who will get swept up in future memes, and maybe think twice about how it might hurt people before participating in spreading them. Just watching this trailer has made me think about it more than I ever really have. That's fucking fantastic.


    RT, with all its passion for nurturing a sense of community, with things like Extra Life and the LGBT panel/lovefest at RTX and these documentaries, has now become a massive force for awareness and kindness and love, which the world needs a lot more of.


    Thanks, RT. Keep on doing what you're doing. <3

  • DangerHoppe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    all I can think of is Sugar Ray Mean Machine. https://youtu.be/_VL5LV9PVZ8

  • Psychomachia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NoFaithInFate

    6 months ago

    I am so excited for this I think its an incredible concept for an RT Doc, can't wait!!!

  • 8bitInferno FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    i really hope they got the meme master Ray Narvaez .Jr in on this, if only for a second. a

  • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    Overly Attached Girlfriend actually seems like she'd be really fun to hang out with


    until you have to go home.

    • Atrocitus117 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Just stop with the cringey comments all the time. You take social awkwardness to a whole new level.

    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      @Atrocitus117 At least I don't follow people around to every video and dislike everything they say. We obviously have different senses of humor, so maybe you could find something better to do with your day.

    • Atrocitus117 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Kill yourself loser.

    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Oh, did I get a little too close? I could probably track down your parents and have them cancel your sponsorship if they even know you're using their cards. I've done it in similar situations before. All I know is with that maturity level, there's no way you have your own job, and considering your sad attempts at trolling, you must not value your free time, and therefore probably have a lot of it.


      Thanks for providing us all with another fine example of internet culture. At least your comments were relevant to the video this time.

  • Steepled FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    This actually looks interesting. I'm excited to see how the evolution of their content into memes affected the creators.

  • JUSBLZ

    6 months ago

    Looks interesting. I'm fascinated by internet culture so this should be cool! 

  • King_Kush

    6 months ago

    So a ripoff of dozens of other meme origin youtube channels that will probably be way more misinformed? RT normies should just stick to buzz feed what your X says about you crap. If I wanted to learn about memes I would just google search it (which is what RT will do to get their info anyway). Not to mention that they are addressing macros as memes when the word meme covers an incredibly vast amount of cultural phenomena. The topic is way too broad to cover and we'll just end up with the RT staff parroting what they think is funny facebook images that they consider "memes".

    • EclipsedSinn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Based off the trailer alone you can see that they clearly didn't just google search information. They got a hold of experts (unlike yourself) who know they are talking about AND they even spoke to the people who are the memes. 

    • ChazzaWard FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Theoretical Skeptic

      6 months ago

      I'm so proud that you were able to infer every piece of info discussed in the documentary in a minute and a half trailer <3

    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Sounds like someone could shoot a documentary in space and you would complain it's a ripoff of Cosmos because there can only ever be one documentary on any subject, regardless of how in-depth they go. An article written about memes based on rumors is different than interviewing the people themselves.

    • nicus9 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Don't watch it then? Appreciate your lack of constructive input. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    • 8bitdee my views are your own

      6 months ago

      Go back to Youtube's comment section.

  • Faker_Paper FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I'm gonna assume they're gonna stick mostly to old memes. Don't think we're gonna see many Scarce memes in this.

    • alacnay

      6 months ago

      They need the history of the meme. They will probably start with old ones, and then move forward.

    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Not to mention older ones are more well-known and therefore more easily accessible to a wider audience.

  • kuvk FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I hope they make this doc ironic and try to be funny with it, because this trailer looks really out of touch.

    • Gerginaut

      6 months ago

      What do you mean by "out of touch"?

      It seems like a topic that has many facets for them to cover, particularly how memes affected the lives of the people who unintentionally created them.

    • Atrocitus117 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      People also jumped to conclusions and said the same thing about the Connected doc only to then say how wrong they were once they actually saw it. Can't wait for the same thing to happen again.

  • thelostgirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I was just wondering when the next doc would come, this looks interesting 

  • TsarNickyII FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    I'll watch it because it's RT and the docs have been really good so far but... I don't understand why they chose this for a topic. The "meme culture" is extraordinarily broad and the only crossover between that an RT is that they're both on the internet? I want to see more docs that focus on RT content.

    • DeltaSix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Infamous 535

      6 months ago

      Id love to see a doc that follows a RT production from concept all the way to final release. Kind of an expansion of the BTS stuff they occasionally do.

    • TheMarvelousFan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Don't they already have documentaries on Day 5 and Crunch Time.

    • Stumpyz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Why does it need to have a crossover? I mean, the first documentary was about ASMR, and the only crossover there is the fact that they've talked about it before in their other shows.
      Also, ASMR is a pretty big topic when it comes to different types, triggers, etc., but they focused it down into something more manageable.

    • Atrocitus117 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

       You don't need to explore every single aspect of a topic in order to do a documentary so long as you highlight the critical and important parts of the topic that make it interesting and worth talking about in the first place, Just like they did with the doc about ASMR, another broad topic. Also, the docs were specifically created so they could explore content and topics that aren't connected to them. They've already shown they could do this with Connected and the ASMR doc. This won't be any different.

  • chasepat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Patrick

    6 months ago

    I love the RT docs series and the expansion into apps available on xbox and Apple tv. I genuinely hope RoosterTeeth's business model is the future of online entertainment companies and we see them continue to progress and others like them come on to the scene.

  • Caliguy4821 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 months ago

    YAY first! Also meme's are awesome.

    • llSinker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Nice meme!

    • nicus9 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 months ago

      Hobbie