So what is a Meme?
A meme is a packet of condensed, cultural information. Remember the talk of semiotics and how pictures tell stories? Memes are shortcuts to cultural meaning. By condensing cultural thought into a few words on a picture, complex social ideas can be quickly and concisely shared in a funny, titillating, or scandalous manner.
Memes have forms. Memes have rules. Memes are copied as a form of expression. You may be familiar with “Grumpy Cat”.
I didn’t say the social message was kind or meaningful! But they can be complex, thought-provoking, hilarious, true to life, and usually a “I wish I had said that at some point” type of message.
Don’t let the hilarity fool you. Memes can be powerful and spread around the world like wildfire. This form of communication is social commentary at its snarkiest. The theme can be almost universally understood, or like my memes, more narrow in scope. We were told to create memes using well-known memes as templates. The topic had to be something about the academics of our class.
My first endeavor is a take off on the Dos Equis meme. It’s format is as follows
The Most Interesting Man In The World is an image macro series based on an advertising campaign for Dos Equis beer. The captions typically follow the phrasal template “I don’t always X, but when I do, I Y.”
The next one is base on the Sweet Brown Meme. A woman being interviewed about an apartment fire on video uttered a line that went viral…
Ain’t nobody got time for that!
My next one is an original Meme; one of my own design. We have been studying a book by Les Manovich called The Language of Digital Media. To say it is “deep” would be like calling the Titanic a tugboat. This man can pack more deep, philosophical implication into a sentence than anyone below a Mensa level IQ could possibly absorb. He makes my brain hurt. I eventually understand a portion of what he’s saying, but it usually takes 5 or 6 reads to get it!
Here’s another original. We studied a bit on Semiotics and this is my response to the many layers and meanings that can be expressed in a single picture…
Finally my Favorite
This is a takeoff on the popular Willie Wonka Meme. This meme plays on Gene Wilder’s version of Willy Wonka; an eccentric, sarcastic, and often condescending man of mystery.