Tis I, Adri (Missy Hatter), here again with another post for all you wonderful weirdos out there.
- 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.
- a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
Have you ever seen one of these odd images online and wondered: What on God’s green earth even is this?
Memes are these strange images or phrases that circle around again and again, getting stranger and stranger as time goes by. Suddenly, there’s a bandwagon full of thousands of people expanding on this one odd thing. (You all know them, you’ve all seen them and a good bit of you know them well)
So where do these things come from, and more importantly, why are they being made and going so viral?
Let’s start simple. Go back to something other than just internet culture….
Ever had some friends all laugh at something strange, something not as much funny as it made no sense at all? Ever had someone spew seemingly random phrases, yet those around them acted like they understood it perfectly? Or have you maybe jumped in a group where everyone seemed to have their own language?
Then you, like many others, have experienced being on the outside of an inside joke.
It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? Or at the very least makes you feel left out. You’ve no doubt had your own share of inside jokes as well; whether from a group of friends or a favorite tv show/movie/book where only other fans would understand the reference.
But just as bad as it feels to be out of the loop, it feels just as great to be caught up with what everyone’s talking about.
And now more than ever, that seems to be what people most care about; being caught up to date with everything relevant. This isn’t new, by any means, just look how long news has been a thing, and gossip has been around since the creation of man.
We, as people, like to understand each other. We’re social creatures, so we crave being a part of something. Curiosity is also something we humans (or whatever mythical creature you identify as) share. So, when you see these pictures float around, it’s natural to want to know what it is. That fueled by our craving to be a part of something, drives us to help further these things which would, objectively, be rather silly.
It’s not about the subject matter. It’s not about the dinosaur, dove, song, movie, frog, or whatever else it happens to be. It’s about being a part of the conversation. It’s about feeling like you belong, riding that bandwagon, and feeling like someone who knows something.
Whether you hate them, love them, know them, or know nothing about them. You’ve seen these around, and you still will in the future.
Culture is everywhere; in where you live, who you hang out with, and even on the internet. So remember, while you have fun out there being a part of something, that there are still people feeling left out. And I believe there are plenty of ways to use culture to share love and kindness as well as we do oddities and as easily as we do gossip.
Stay tight, my friends.