As mature as I think I am, I must admit I find memes hilarious! So first of all, do you have any clue as to what I’m talking about? Didn’t think so. If you’re not already on the meme bandwagon, then brace yourselves because memes are taking over cyberspace!
Whats a meme?
In two words a meme is an Internet phenomenon. It’s usually an edited image with captions or sarcastic phrases to suit the audience. The memes I find funny are often somewhat offensive and are the same recycled images used every time with different expressions. Memes typically pop up on social media pages mainly Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Every time I see one that I find amusing no matter how silly it is it’s almost mandatory that I share it with all my friends. Ask anyone who enjoys memes and I’ll bet they have shared, re-tweeted, re-blogged or even created their own meme! Once memes are shared, they usually go viral and are seen by millions of Internet users.
Is meme even a real word??
Well apparently meme actually is a real word! It’s derived from the ancient Greek word mimeme and was devised by a British progressive biologist named Richard Dawkins who used memes in his book The Selfish Gene (1976) as a “concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena.” Read more about the history of memes here.
When is taking the meme joke too far?
Recently, as in over the past week I’ve seen an outbreak of meme fan pages all over Facebook. The most popular meme pages at the moment are about high schools and common jokes shared amongst past and present pupils. If I were the principal of these schools, I would be a little concerned especially if the school has a bad reputation already! As funny as the memes are, some of them can be quite serious even targeting particular teachers or students. I feel that at the moment its all a joke, but with phenomenon’s that are this big it should come as no surprise should someone take the joke too far! And this was the case for me last night as I scrolled down my not-so-funny-anymore timeline.
Already, one page crossed the line when an embarrassing (naked) photo of an Onehunga High School pupil resurfaced on the Internet this time with a caption after having already been sent viral through mobile phone about 5 years ago. For once I felt terrible because not only did it have 200 likes after being up for an hour, but it also had numerous comments from people going along with the joke. As hypocritical as this seems now, DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO MORALS?? After campaigning with a few other users, the image was removed. If you’re curious as to what Facebook group posted this, click here.
So I guess I’m now in two mind-frames about memes. I’m not one to get easily offended but there are definitely boundaries. I’ll probably continue sharing them but I don’t think I’ll ever succumb to the appreciation of demeaning memes that have the power to ultimately ruin someone’s life. Other than that, I love them! They’re entertaining, funny and sarcastic.
Funny or offensive??
Source- New Zealand Memes