The growing generation of memeister and meme culture?
Hey! Are you a memeister?
If you are 21st century kid it’s hard to imagine that you don’t know about memes. Nobody- literally nobody- I am a memeister! Yes, today with the advent of technology and social media everybody has the capability to create and curate memes easily. A meme is an idea or habit that’s passed between people and generations through imitation. Meme is a kind of viral slang message which include sarcasm and fun. In simple words it is a form of sarcastic criticism. Actually meme isn’t only limited to fun but a serious viral message in itself is also a meme. Almost 3.2 billion people around the globe uses internet and it is said that by the end of 2020 more than half of the globe will be using internet daily. More than one billion people are active on Facebook. More than 100 million people use Instagram every month. The moment you open it- hours turn into minutes, thoughts turn into rumors and emotions goes granted. People are connecting their lives with memes and some are even going full time in the process. But do you know where these memes actually came from?
The very first case of the word meme, goes back to 1976 book of Richard Dawkins- “The Selfish Gene”. Dawkins referred “Mimeme”, a Greek word that means “that which is imitated.” This term was coined because Dawkin was trying to figure out the measurement for something going viral. The word “meme” actually came due to its resemblance with gene, just like gene is important for physical traits, the word meme illustrates the digital traits. But one can trace back the history of meme long back the internet existed. It came as early as 79 AD in a Pompeii ruin and as late as the 1970s, in the graffiti’s. Whereas when we talk about the very first meme going viral on the internet, it was of a dancing baby in 1996. Graphic designer Michael Girard created a software that can programme the movements of a body through computer and his very first designed was of dancing baby which later got spread. And just like this the word meme gained more recognition. With the introduction of several platforms such as Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and Twitter, messages can be spread within minute, and just like this the word meme grew into a culture.
Today, the millennial generation is going obsessed and addicted to the use of internet, meme’s has gained appreciable popularity. Your life isn’t private anymore- it has become the epitome for entertainment and fun. Though this meme culture is actually good for the rising depressed society- there also lies a dark side of it. So how this meme become the voice of the culture? In 2008, when the meme start revolving across the internet, nobody had any idea what this word actually meant or even how to pronounce it right. The only known individual who were the frequent users of sites such as 4chan or Facebook knew a little about the term. But gradually meme started spreading on your other social media platforms as well. The rapid growth of shared posts gave rise to the meme culture. Now people don’t choose to speak rather choose to portray their feelings in image juxtaposed with other pictures giving out a sluggish meaning. Nobody actually cared enough that how one particular post is going to harm viewers. Didn’t get it? Well, many meme’s are created in a way that it harness the identity of particular somebody or a community and often ignite kind of hatred amongst the viewer. Though the post initially motive was to entertain but that dark sarcasm affected the feelings. Furthermore, memes are a great source of spreading false information or rumors. And rumors destroy lives, creates tension and invites depression. Rumors are created by something random, you try to kill them but they survive. Below are some of such meme’s that are spreading hate culture.
Meme, offers a great insight of human nature and emotions. By the time, meme reaches the millennium, it has been already interpreted in several other meaning- so the initial motive of that meme changes in few clicks only. Meme’s just change the way people perceive things, at first things that appear to us as something serious but when shared as a meme turns out to be less effective. Things that mattered don’t holds the similar meaning now, everything today is just a meme and it’ll be so interesting to someday see even our true identities becoming a meme!