Memes, what are they?

Memes, by definition an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, especially imitation, or the other term a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users. When you read those definitions they appear very different, or are they? Memes are both a term in psychology and most groups on the internet. They appear completely different, but they are actually quite similar. When you look at memes and how they are made, they are strikingly alike Usually, when someone creates a meme it is based on a pre-existing meme or imitates it in some form or manner. Such as the “Woke” memes which are interpreted differently and have many different styles. Internet memes when you come down to it are not that different from memes in psychology. Though why do we share memes, what causes us to share such photos? Well, when you share a meme you created what purpose does it serve? Memes often have a base idea of the pre-existing meme it was created from, that base idea is then spread to other people who make another meme with that base idea. Do we spread memes to continue that idea? In 1976 Biologist Richard Dawkins proposed that we are made of discrete units which seek to replicate, same with culture and ideas. Memes are something we all laugh at and enjoy the interesting science behind them.




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