I had always assumed that memes were simply just a product of the internet.

Enlightened by Susan Blackmore’s Ted Talk, I discovered that memes are more than my assumptions, and are in fact embedded in a cultural and scientific evolutionary background.

As defined by New Oxford American Dictionary, a Meme is

“An element of a culture or system of behaviour that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, especially imitation”

This definition has inspired me to investigate Internet memes a little further.

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I’m almost sure that at some point, you may have come across this image or “meme” or one of it’s many variations, like at the start of this post. “X all the Y” or also known as “X all the things” has its origins stemming from the blog Hyperbole & a half and it’s comic “This is why I’ll never be an adult” back in 2010. From the comic these two panels are the ones most often remixed into new versions.

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The usage of this meme is primarily for making a hyperbolic statement about an action. The character from the comic is often manipulated into other characters. Here are a few of my favourite examples:

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Ultimately, what I believe makes this meme so successful is the fact that it’s incredibly relatable, quick to communicate (regardless of it being a feeling or information), and easy to use as a reference. Because of that ease of referencing, it has managed to embed itself into the subculture of the internet, if not the entire current culture. I believe that these success qualities can be applied to the creation of any meme.

Consider the newly created meme (by yours truly) entitled the “Nicki Minaj Call-out”

Do you think that this can become a successful meme?

Posted by:curiousthekat

I've never truly been that typical. I also don't trust people who don't eat garlic

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