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Y U No Meme?

It looks to me like the world has gone meme – there are memes everywhere. Literally. They've taken over Facebook and Tumblr, and I'm sure other social media as well. 

What is a meme? According to Wikipedia, a meme is an "idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture." The word is defined as being something imitated. Online, it's often some pop culture reference done in a hipster fashion. 

Memes are being shared, liked, tweeted and reblogged by the millions. I was shocked the other day when a meme I had posted was re-blogged more than 200,000 times – overnight. 

So I started to think…why are memes so dang shareable? And why do we even care about them?

Memes run the spectrum; there are good ones and there are bad ones. But nearly everyone likes to pass them on, regardless. It makes us all a part of something universal – like we're all in the same club.

Aside from that, they're just funny. And it takes no time for them to go viral, particularly if they're good ones. If they're very good ones, there will be copycat memes, which no one seems to mind. Copycats only add to the life of the meme and, well, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

So while it is highly likely that I won't be coming up with the next great meme, I will continue to enjoy whatever the newest and best is. 

Posted: Mar 22 2012, 03:38 PM by Red On The Head | with no comments
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