Memes, everyone likes them. It makes you laugh, it makes you happy. A wide variety of it is all over the internet. Comes from somewhat cringe, sarcastic, dark or really really funny posts. The word meme was coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene.
Meme, noun\ˈmēm\, is an idea, behavior, style or usage that spreads from one person to another in a culture. An amusing or interesting picture, video, etc., that is spread widely through the Internet. – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
“Memes (discrete units of knowledge, gossip, jokes and so on) are to culture what genes are to life. Just as biological evolution is driven by the survival of the fittest genes in the gene pool, cultural evolution may be driven by the most successful memes”, said Richard Dawkins
A new way of telling the news
These visuals don’t just make you laugh, they also tell stories. It is used as a form of entertainment mostly in Social Media, like Facebook to Twitter and Reddit. From it’s first use in 1976, we can know where it came from. Comics are one example of it’s origin.
Comedic or funny acts from real-life happenings and experiences influence these and eventually turns into topics. In the Internet, I also find a way to make someone laugh. I love to spread good vibes and spread happy aura online.
Here in my blog, I try to be more funny too. It’s kind of a personality. Different type of thing. I remember I made my first meme and uploaded it on Facebook, well… It was kinda corny and cringy. You can visit my account for daily dose of shared posts.
Yesterday’s viral meme? Luis Manzano and Jessy Mendiola’s wedding. Everyone on Facebook made their own version of memes from Luis’ crying moment yet funny photo still from their wedding video. Refer to:
“Gawan niyo ng meme! Bilis” he wrote on a facebook post yesterday encouraging fans to make memes out of it. Then the people did.
“Yung nag-uumpisa palang yung kasal pero ubos na yung shanghai”.
“Mukha mo nung dumating na ang electric bill”.
What makes a good Meme Material
Whether corny or hilarious, a meme is always a meme when you make someone laugh through your jokes. And I admit that posting them should be thinked through thoroughly. Think before you click they said and be wise, careful and especially, funny.
Old memes like Enrile (no pun intended), are still relevant today. Just look at this 1921 cartoon that is believed to be the first ever meme.
Baby Cha-Cha-Cha, also known as Dancing Baby, was the first meme to go viral on the internet. The meme was created in 1996 to showcase the amazing abilities of the new CGI software by Kinetix Character Studio.
Here are some old memes from the Internet
1. ROFLcopter – 2000-2001
The ROFLcopter meme is one of the earliest and most notable examples of using ASCII art. It first gained attention on forums such as Fark and was initially used to poke fun a new users who overused “l33t” (elite) acronyms such as ROFL (roll on the floor laughing). The usage of ROFLcopter became really popular after it was featured on the Something Awful forums.
2. Godwin’s Law – 1990
Godwin’s Law is one of the oldest and most well-known internet memes that is still relevant today. It is an internet adage, coined by Mike Godwin in 1990 on the Usenet newsgroup discussion board, that says, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.” This means that as a conversation on the internet goes on, the likelihood of someone mentioning Adolf Hitler or Nazis increases.
3. All Your Base Are Belong to Us – 1998
The popular internet catchphrase “All Your Base Are Belong to Us” first grew in popularity sometime around 1998. The phrase features a mistranslation from the 1992 Mega Drive port of the 1989 Japanese arcade game Zero Wing. A more accurate translation of the original Japanese script is, “With the cooperation of Federation Forces, CATS have taken over all of your bases.”