By: Doug Robie
A meme according to dictionary.com is “A cultural item that is transmitted by repetition and replication in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes” or “a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.” A meme is a part of web 2.0 because it is entirely user generated content. The user is the one that creates the meme and the user is the one that enjoys it. (for a good definition of web 2.0 click here) Memes have been around for centuries but many people agree that Richard Dawkins is the first one to study the ideas and concepts of memes in his book the selfish gene in 1976, In an article by the Smithsonian it is concluded that memes have to do with the evolution of ideas like the evolution of people.
Some popular examples of memes are:
Memes become popular through there relatability and pure humor. Memes are used to present how people feel and many of these feeling are very relatable. These ideas of people forming relationships by things in common have been around since the time of Aristotle. From our textbook (account required), “What he means by the word community is that the members hold something in common and, in certain perspectives, see themselves as one.” Websites can make money off of these through advertisements and promotions and charging people to make and publish memes on the most popular of sites.
Creating a meme was easy for me because I am familiar with the concept of them and in all honesty there not that hard to understand. So what I did was a meme of the matrix guy saying what if I told you not all tall people play basketball. This did not generate any social media buzz because I put this on our class blog and that does not gather a lot of attention.