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Meme Culture – Modern or Mind Control?

So the more famous your own MEME gets the closer it gets to dying. And if your MEME needs an explanation it is not truly a MEME.

A MEME is an element of culture that can be passed from one person to another.

Today a MEME gets all its power from Social media platforms like Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. The more a MEME is shared the bigger it gets.

But some MEMES are more advanced than others. Here are some examples.

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TROLL FACE:

Troll Face, Coolface MEME
Troll Face Meme started on September 19th 2008 but only reached MEME status around February 2012, almost 4 years later.
Emma Watson gets TROLL FACED.
Emma Watson gets TROLL FACED. So Emma pulled a face that looked very similar to Troll FACE MEME, so she joined the JOKE. This is how Memes evolve and spread, most people who has never seen the ORIGINAL could still find it funny, but those that know about the ORIGINAL TROLL FACE will have a deeper experience with the joke.

 

So as you can see TROLL FACE MEME is relatively simple to understand. If you have no prevoius knowledge of where it came from. Or do you dissagree, comment below!

But now I am going to reveal the origin of TROLL FACE, all thanks to www.KNOWyourMEME.com

“The Trollface was originally drawn by Carlos Ramirez, an Oakland-based artist known by his deviantART[1] handle Whynne, as part of a MS Paint webcomic webcomic about the pointless nature of trolling on 4chan’s /v/ (video games) board. The comic was uploaded to deviantART on September 19th, 2008.” http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/trollface-coolface-problem

Troll FACE origins.
Troll FACE origins.

Do you like this MEME more or less after I showed you how it originated? This meme is an example of ORGANIC MEME. It was not created by the artist to excist as a MEME. I am making distinctions between Organic Memes and Manufactured Memes. There is a third Meme and it is called the Capitalist Meme and the last one the USER ACTIVE MEME.

ORGANIC MEME:

A organic MEME is shared by OTHERS, not the creator> A “stolen” feeling or frustration was expressed and a person wanted to use that art/picture or expression to express themselves or comment on a social media post. The Meme spread through users. If this Meme is abused, and the original meaning is lost, the Meme slowly dies out.

USER ACTIVE MEME:

This Meme is not one MEME but rather thousand of variations of a MEME. One image starts the MEME, others then take this MEME and RECREATE it and posts their own version of the MEME. Or users can use the same MEME as a template, where they then change the TEXT or edit the image to make the MEME fit their own joke or commentary.

MANUFACTURED MEME:

A Manufactured MEME is created by the creator. It is then PLANTED into REDDIT, tumblr, Facebook and Google+. The creator takes an active role in spreading his MEME to the correct audience so that they can take the MEME further and spread it world wide. The creator uses this Meme on various social media platforms to try and get many people to see it and start sharing it.

CAPITALIST MEME:

The capitalist MEME can also be called the TIMED MEME or Public Relations MEME. This MEME is created by a BRAND. It could be created to enhance product knowledge or design aspects. It can also be used to trick the audience to believe that the MEME was created by users and not the brand itself. If people are sharing this MEME the company has received free advertising.

These 4 types are my personal MEME categories, some other smart people might go on to list hundreds more Meme types but I believe my 4 types encompasses all Memes. What is the motive behind the MEME? If you can answer that you know where the MEME fits within my 4 categories.  We have already discussed one example of ORGANIC MEME, the TROLL FACE. Created as part of a larger work of art, it became a symbol of internet TROLLS that answer online posts with illogical en stupid arguments. It was shared by other frustrated users. Here are examples of the other 3 Meme categories.

USER ACTIVE MEME:

The original photo was changed to become a Meme, the creator of the image had no control over the MEME.
The users create their own custom MEME messages using the original picture of the baby on the beach. This is a User Active MEME.

Manufactured MEME:

This person CREATED this Meme to comment on his opinion about Apple and how crazy Apple Fanboys are. Ver effective, but silly.
This person CREATED this Meme to comment on his opinion about Apple and how crazy Apple Fanboys are. Ver effective, but silly.

CAPITALIST MEME:

Capitalist Meme or Organic?
Capitalist MEME? or Organic? Does this help the Daft Punk Album? It does, so might belong to both groups.

So is MEME culture here to stay or is it a passing fad? Well with over 42 Million Meme hits on Google it would seem Memes are the new 21st century cultural phenomenon. We might see Facebook die, Google plus might fade even twitter might tweet softly but you can bet your teeth on the fact that MEME will be flying all over the place, hopefully people will not sit by and let the MEMEs go without learning their deeper meaning. Some Memes do not need deeper meaning, they embody our emotions and feeling so well that the are universal communicators. People from all over the world can look at Grumpy Cat an have the same feeling of CUTE and AAAWWW shame. When you look at the YES baby you can only imagine how happy and relieved that little kid was about something, you connect with him, communicate. Yes communication is a 2 way street but he fact that you are sharing these Memes mean they are being used to communicate. Some of these meme sum up in a few split second how you feel. I believe MEMEs will become the new from of internet communication, the will change overtime but some will stay fixed and become internal communicators of certain emotions and feelings.

My MEME! So I made my own MEME after I saw Cate Blanchette in BLUE JASMINE. Her reaction to her husbands invitelity made my year. She (and the writers of the screenplay) summed up my frustration with hypocrytes so well. Her words were “WHAT! ARE YOU CRAZY?” and that is exactly how I feel about these ignorant religouis TROLLS on the internet, that have nothing better to do then be nagative and ignorant about gay rights and human rights in general.

Has the MEME become political? That is my next MEME post. The study of Meme is the study of modern culture at its most active.

PS: My writers challenge of one page a day is going great. My screenplay is at the end of the first ACT now, getting there one page at a time…

NEXT POST PREVIEW: Has MEMEs gone political?

Political Memes?
Political Memes?
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