“The more you know about memes, the cooler you are!”
A meme is a cultural symbol or social idea.
The majority of modern memes are captioned photos that are intended to be funny, often as a way to publicly ridicule human behavior. Other memes can be videos and verbal expressions. Some memes have heavier and more philosophical content.
The world of memes (which rhymes with ‘teams’) is noteworthy for two reasons: it is a worldwide social phenomenon, and memes behave like a mass of infectious flu and cold viruses, traveling from person to person quickly through social media.
The majority of internet memes are transmitted by 20-something millennials. This is because that age group is hyper-connected and enamored with social media. The average age of meme users is increasing, though, as Generation X and Baby Boomer users discover the entertainment fun of spreading memes to their spreads. Meme comes from the Greek word mimema (meaning “something imitated”). Memes are a form of cultural propagation, which is a way for people to transmit social memories and cultural ideas to each other; a meme idea will also travel from mind to mind.
Right-click on the meme you like, Open image in a new tab, or Save-As to your hard drive and email it to friends!