Memes are something that have been around, and something that I have definitely noticed for a couple of years now but it wasn’t until more recently that I noticed the extremely popularity and usefulness of memes. For a long time, memes to be were just funny things that people used to just get a laugh, but it wasn’t until more recently that I noticed that power of memes. Memes can be used for laughs (of course), but they can also be used to advertise an event or idea, or even used as negative tool with the intention of making fun of someone or a group of people.
The first meme that I really like is shown above and it is called the “Y U NO” guy. The reason that I chose this meme in my top three is for pure comical purposes. I was actually introduced to this meme through twitter. The meme was transformed into a twitter page posting hilarious “Y U NO” statements that reflected different views on pop culture, current events, and the media in general.
The next meme that I would put in my top three is the successful black man meme. The reason I would put this in my top three is because I really enjoy the fact that it kind of picks on the normal stereotypes associated with being black.
The final meme that I would put in my top three is the one shown above, that I honestly don’t know the technically name for. This is a meme that I didn’t really know existed until the Rutgersmemes phase came around earlier in the semester. I think it is a funny and interesting meme that does a lot of what I listed earlier. It can be comedic, but it also can get a point across, or even make fun or something wether it is in a comedic way or a hurtful way.
Memes have become a form of self-expression. They say a lot, but no not require large amounts of effort. Anyone can make a meme. I think that is one of the main reasons behind the growing success of them. The success of memes can be seen through the Rutgersmeme phase. Rutgersmemes started with just a few memes that followed the model of many the popular memes seen today and in less than a week there were 100,000’s of people following the page and 100’s a people creating their own memes. The memes poked fun at the things that Rutgers Students found funny, as well as highlighted the positives of the Rutgers community. The creators of the memes also had a chance to have a small “15 minutes of fame” as there memes were shared and raved over for the time being.
I honestly am not sure that memes could be used in my groups final topic, just because memes have a comedic kind of feel to them and the subject manner of the project that my group and all of the other groups is not comedic in any way. From my knowledge of memes I just cannot think of one that would fit in, in an appropriate way.