What is a Meme?

A meme is a cultural idea that spreads throughout the world through the media. They have become extremely popular throughout the last decade with the rise of social media and Web 2.0. In the early 2000’s the term web 2.0 was popularized referring to websites that allow users to interact with each other. These kinds of sites include, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and many others.

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These are some of the many different memes used today. The first is of Jackie Chan, the next is Yao Ming and the last is Barack Obama. These examples are usually used when someone is reacting to something and want to show their emotions. Before memes, it was difficult to express that you were confused, angry, or impressed.

Websites like “I Can Has Cheezburger,” make money off of generating memes. Mr. Huh, the owner of the site has now reached 16 million unique visitors. With this many viewers, other companies start to pay to put their advertisements on the website bringing in a lot of profit. Similarly, their memes get spread all over the internet bringing more viewership to their site. You can see their memes on sites like Facebook and Twitter being shared by the company itself or people that have seen their memes.

When asked to create a meme myself, I thought it would be easy, but thinking of something entertaining and original proved to be quite difficult. It took me a long time to pick out an image and think of my own caption for it. After a long time of thinking I made one that someone else most likely already thought of, but it was the best I could do.

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