A New York Times article about 'ok boomer' is functionally a death-sentence, and that's what happened with 'ok boomer'.
It wouldn't seem that way at first, because whenever a meme gets exposure like that, it becomes ubiquitous.
But once a meme becomes ubiquitous, it means it will die soon after. By the time actual boomers are exposed enough to a meme to write thinkpieces about it, it's already past the apex of its meme cycle
Gentrification houses look like Dutch rowhouses because it evokes capitalism's roots! Several images to prove it, and more!
Las Vegas passed a law that functionally makes homelessness illegal by banning public sleeping if there are shelter beds currently available (spoiler alert: there likely is always shelter beds available somewhere, but that's not the issue).
People in Philadelphia comment on how it's a "union town", but regardless of history, the labor laws and current lack of unions here currently sucks.
American corporations, like the NBA and Blizzard, tell us on one hand that China is evil, but on the other hand, they do business with China. However, when the political and economic converge, the American Middle Class lashes out at the mixed messages.
Americans are struggling with cultural stuff regarding China, because they're realizing how much a world power China now is. But that genie has been out of the bottle for 20+ years, and there's no going back. The only ways to go back is something like going all in on the trade war with China, but that in and of itself would completely shift the global economic landscape.
Even then, China still has enough autonomy that the US definitely can't stop China's growth, and intensifying the China trade war would cut the US out of the biggest source of capital flow, which most American capitalist don't want. Some want the trade war to tip minor things in their favor, but none want to be removed from their overall trading position with China.
Historically, the middle class comprised of small-scale capitalists and white collar professionals. But as inequality continues to grow, the middle class has stratified itself as a cultural pseudo-class.
What do people mean when they talk about the first or third world? It's more complicated than you'd think.