The Life of a Meme

What exactly is a Meme? A Meme, by definition, is “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation” (Dictionary.com). Robert Dawson, the creator of the “Meme” states, “Memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation. They compete with one another for limited resources: brain time or bandwidth. They compete most of all for attention.” Most Memes today are mostly considered a joke spread through different social medias. When someone makes a meme about a topic, it usually doesn’t last very long. In 1974, Memes weren’t used as a jokes.

An example of a Meme that lasted over two months was the Flex Tape meme. This meme lasted so long because the meme was funny, it wasn’t over used, and there’s multiple versions of the meme keeping it fresh. Then you have memes like Ugandan Knuckles, that only lasted a week. Like most memes, this one was over used and had racist overtones and died a quick death. The life of meme really depends on how funny it is. Overall, I think the sole purpose of a meme is to entertain the public and that memes should be taken as a joke.

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