Memes have become a staple part of modern culture even Barack Obama saying on twitter quote “I love memes”. They first appeared in a novel by Richard Dawkins as an attempt to spread culture. But the current culture that revolves around the internet created internet memes first coined by Mike Godwin in a Wired article. They have taken on many forms such as dances (Default Dance) and simple sayings like “ok this is epic”. The first “memes” were actually made in 79 A.D as some latin sayings as graffiti in Egypt. But the only memes that matter in this culture is on the internet, the first viral one being “Dancing Baby” (created in 1996, also called the Cha-Cha baby). Now we will talk about certain current and controversial memes.
Pepe the Frog
Pepe the frog is the detailed image of a crying frog that takes different forms such as “Angry Pepe”, “smug frog”, and “pepe hands”. It grew steadily on websites such as myspace and officially blew up when it reached Tumblr. Since then many different variations have been traded on the “meme market” as certain rarities of Rare Pepes. But unfortunately, the meme became associated with racism, the Alt-Right, and support for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Soon after this, the Anti-Defamation League recognized Pepe as a symbol of hate, although every pepe is not recognized as one. Just another example of how the internet can turn something harmless into something harmful.
Elon Musk Memes
These memes have been around for a few months hinting at Elon Musk hosting Pewdiepie’s Meme Review on Twitter. Elon Musk is a billionaire who founded Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company. And then Elon (Along with Justin Roiland) hosted meme review going over memes and laughing hysterically at a deer who fell into a pool and died. This quickly amassed 16,000,000 views within 24 hours reaching the top of trending within the hour. This also came along with memes surrounding Bambi.
Memes have helped people make a living via compilations on Youtube. Also, memes can help people relate to others. If 2 people who don't know each other but they both know a meme that can help them relate and feel a part of a community and also show each other new memes. In my opinion, memes are beneficial to our current internet based lifestyle.
Story by Colton Kelischek
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