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Internet Memes

Posted by Anirath on May 12, 2016 at 3:13 am

Alaska and Ketchikan

"meme:
an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation."

I don't recall the first time I saw a meme or when they started calling them memes, but it's evident that they are viral all over the internet. Personally, I find the whole aspect of memes in internet culture to be annoying; they detract from good conversation and clutter social media with meaningless bullshit. However, some of them do make me laugh on occasion, but overall I wish they weren't so pervasive.

How do you all feel about internet memes?



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Muskeg 1 point

Everything and everyone is a meme and when we all come to accept that, we will be at peace.

Coyote 3 points

The term "meme" is an old psychological term meaning the smallest bit of language that has any meaning. It's like atoms for linguists. And I first heard the term in 2006. So, I guess, memes could be a single burst of idea on the internet. IF they weren't so overused. Actually, I'm guilty of that myself...

Catalyst 2 points

The first time I heard the term meme was in high school on 4chan. Memes were reoccurring inside jokes the community had... such as mudkipz, desu, over 9000... A lot of them were actually text/ASCII based, which kind of leaked over to IRC, Digg, etc. Obviously the concept was around on early BBS servers, but I'm not sure if the actual term "meme" was prevalent.

Eventually, every form of meme amalgamated into the picture image with text and just kind of... became tiring. I do definitely enjoy when I run into a funny/relevant one, but as more people start making them the quality kind of falls apart.

Edit: high school, not middle school.

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Anirath 2 points

I find them pretty damn tiresome too. But, on occasion I'll see a gem that just makes me laugh. I had never used Digg really. I know it was insanely popular I just never bothered.

 

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