To Meme or Not to Meme

Nye and deGrasse

By Bailey Myers and Billie Walsh

A meme is a form of Internet content that is used to portray a cultural symbol or idea.  Memes are generally humor focused all tell a short story with just a few words.  Meme’s formed online are examples of Web 2.0.  Web 2.0 is the use of the Internet to create user generated content.  Anyone can gain access to any meme generating websites.  These websites include Wikipedia, WordPress, and social media websites.  Web 2.0 allows the internet to be filled with diverse content. I Can Has Cheezburger is a big place where memes are created.

A “meme” has been around for a long time. A meme is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” It shorter version of modeled on gene. Richard Dawkins coined it in his book, The Selfish Gene. It wasn’t until the internet and Web 2.0 that memes started to form into something different, what we know today. These pictures with words started popping up all over social media. Many of them are actually really clever. One of my favorites is of Neill DeGrasse Tyson with his hands up. The caption is “looks like we have a bad ass. Another meme that I like are any Kim Jong Un ones. They are just too funny. These memes have become a big social movement and a way to communicate. “I have several friends who love to text memes in our group chat from home. It is a great way to say what you’re thinking or feeling at that time.” (Myers) The one at the top of this page is a great one. It is Tyson and Bill Nye poorly photoshopped in a car. The caption makes me laugh every time I see it.

Memes have become a form of expression and will continue to do so. They are so ingrained into our society and culture today, that it is impossible for them to stop. People will never stop making memes, gifs, YouTube videos, vines, or what have you. They are forms of expression. They have transcended just pictures. The internet is just like a meme in that sense. It has become more of a self expression of billions of people and will continue to be that way unless turned off externally. Memes and self expression are here to stay with the help of the internet and I couldn’t be more happy.

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