Memes

What is a Meme?

meme (/ˈmm/meem) is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena.

Meme Montage

References:

Nyan Cat, Leekspin, Keyboard Cat, Trololol, Chacarron

History of memes – 4CHAN

•began as a place to discuss Japanese comics and anime
•There were many different sections where you could talk about different subjects
No registration required and posts are anonymous
The site grew into central hub for memes 
•one of the Internet’s most trafficked image boards
How Memes Can Affect Other Peoples Lives
Eduard Anatolyevich Khil “‘Symbol of Leningrad”
Eduard Khil
His music career had petered out in the 1990’s only to be resurrected by an internet meme that was born from his 1976 non-lexical vocable version of the song “I Am Glad, ‘Cause I’m Finally Returning Back Home”
This song was featured in the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremonies
Nyan Ferrari
On February 4th this year, The popular musician Deadmau5 had his Ferrari 458 Spider (which retails for a base price of $257,000) covered in a vinyl featuring an internet meme known at Nyan Cat.
Using Memes to Sell Your Products
Moog Slip Mat
This vinyl slip mat features an old video game meme.  The poorly translated line was from the game was “All Your Base Are Belong To Us“..  Moog cleverly used this in their favour to sell one of the products.
Going Viral to Get Business
Sammy Stephens

 

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