MEME

Meme’s, whether you like it or not, are constantly involved in our online and offline lives. It seem’s that overnight memes have become one of the most powerful and widespread sources of communication that we currently have.

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https://www.theverge.com/2017/1/10/14223264/meme-economy-reddit-stock-market

Generally, Meme’s have a connection to our everyday lives. They can be funny, relatable or contain a serious message. And normally consist on some type of apropriation.

 

Image result for funny memeBasically, they are a specific idea or thought process from niche markets of users or subcultures that present a message without a gatekeeper. But as some people may think, memes are not a new form of connection, they are in fact the online equivalent of what we have already been doing/creating off-line. For example when you were in a high school relationship and wrote “jake and Sarah 4eva” on the bathroom stall, or engraved ‘J&S’ into different things, like trees or even things like graffiti or clothing trends. Memes are an evolution of this behavior that occurred when social media and the technological advancements came into play.

For example, when you were in a high school relationship and wrote “jake and Sarah 4eva” on the bathroom stall, or engraved ‘J&S’ into different things, like trees or even things like graffiti or clothing trends have similarities to meme culture. Memes are an evolution of this behavior that occurred when social media and the technological advancements came into play.

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What makes memes so common and popular is how easy they are to create in terms of production , you can create your own memes in seconds for free, as well as this they can convey an extensive amount of information easily and get a message across to users concisely, and with our current levels of attention span, memes are the perfect way to get a message across to a bunch of people.

Memes and meme warfare act as a chain link to connect millions of different people on simple topics.  And on top of all this, they can be very entertaining.

Image result for funny memeWith this new internet, phenomenon comes concern for the immense power that these images can have. We have all seen the takeover of common memes such as Pepe the frog

But what if we were to apply a mass takeover of these memes to certain aspects of off-line activity. Political memes have turned official government business into accessible and understandable content for the whole world. and have become a form of propaganda.

Meme generators (anyone with a wifi connection) can exploit, and tend to exploit the smallest of indiscrepencies and turn them into a mass produced and soon to be remixed form of information. Anyone can create one and most people tend to have their go at it. Memes have endless possibilities, they can turn the fake into real and the intangible into tangible concepts. None of which would be possible without the networks in which individuals operate, such as Reddit, facebook, Instagram, youtube and an endless amount of other media platforms.

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2 thoughts on “MEME

  1. Hey Serena, First of all, your use of memes is amazing they are very funny and creative! This is a very in-depth blog post on the topic and really informing. I thought the part where you related memes to when you used to write “jake and Sarah 4eva” as an evolution of this behaviour really clever and so true! The only criticism I can give is maybe the layout isn’t the easiest to read but I also think at the same time it attracts attention to the memes as well which is good considering the topic hahaha! I wrote my blog post on the memes that were used in the US election and found this really funny video, thought you might like it https://youtu.be/BoShCfrAgpI! Overall you’ve done really well with this blog post, keep up the good work! 🙂 x

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  2. Hey Serena,
    The topics of memes always amuses me as it has undergone such a transformation from irrelevant funny relatable images to tactical propaganda now implanted by governments and businesses specifically targeting our generation. Funnily enough my parents have no idea about memes and do not understand their context whatsoever. Here is an example of NSW police force who have engaged in memes to connect to the wider community: https://www.facebook.com/nswpoliceforce/ Have a look through their feed and have a laugh.

    also quick note you need to do some editing you double the paragraph ‘For example….’
    xxx

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