Wikipedia defines a meme as “A meme (/ˈmm/ MEEM) is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture” but this is not what most of the internet thinks it is, they happen to think a meme looks like this,

They are mildly right with the beginnings of these “meme”s being the compacted and quick version of saying something like, “I am going to mimic a confused white trash old lady who does not pronounce things right.”

Image result for wat meme.

My personal issue with memes is how I think it affects our culture’s idea of humor. you see, if Jimmy is with a group of friends, acquaintances, whatever, and he wants to make a joke, he can go with something intelligent like this,

Image result for intelligent joke(basic but smart).

But say jimmy is having trouble coming up with something, the simple answer, the one that most people in this generation come up with,

Image result for i can haz cheezburger.

A lot of children my age that I have interacted with have this tendency to speak in gibberish when bored or struggling to find a way to reply. A never ending cycle of spouting out memes instead of just saying nothing, because now there’s always something to say. with this random & stupid is funny mindset in modern times there’s a large lack of people learning intelligent humor and witty conversation, which I personally think a valuable part of society and social interaction. That’s all I have to say on the subject, and I hope you enjoyed my first blog post, there’s more coming soon.

 

Credits:

Isaac Morehouse (the “WAT” description)

Bill Waterson (intelligent life/calvin and hobbes)

(no idea who created “i can haz cheezburger”)

(“we our number one” was ORIGINALLY made by tv show “lazytown”)

6 thoughts on “What are memes, and what negative effect do they have on our culture.

  1. Thank you for your counter-intuitive take. I would be interested in more thoughts from you about how the internet and internet culture is affecting people of your generation. Also, let’s say there is no way of turning back the tide of memes. How can memes be used…to address your concerns about memes?

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  2. I agree with you, Nolan. Another advantage of the well-placed witticism is that it presents a challenge that moves a conversation forward. No matter how amusing a meme might be, it often brings conversation to a halt.

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