Memes: The Voice of Online People on Culture and Current Events

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If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years or something here’s a little definition of what a meme is according to Google. ” An element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.” Now that definitions sounds really complicated and all that but let’s simplify it. Most of the time, you encounter a meme as a humorous piece of media, usually an image with text on it, that is spread thoughout the Internet and shared.

The image above is an example of a meme. Memes usually represent humorous or sarcastic comments, ideas, and opinions of netizens from all around the world. Often, memes make use of cultural norms and current events to make a joke. An example is the Presidential election in the US in the meme below.

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Memes are often used to express the thoughts and feelings of anyone who has internet access in a humorous way. Whenever a headline is made even in non-English speaking countries, they make their own versions of memes in their respective language like in the Philippines in the meme below.

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I would go as far as to say that memes a good representation of what many (but not all) people think, feel, and comment about our culture and any major news story as a whole.

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