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Old 01-28-2013, 07:04 PM
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Default Re: DW Meme Thread

Originally Posted by topgun2021 View Post

Memes are memes. Funny pictures with captions are not memes.

An Internet meme (pron.: /ˈmiːm/ meem) is a concept that spreads from person to person via the Internet.[1] The concept of a meme was defined and described by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, as an attempt to explain the way cultural information spreads;[2] internet memes are a subset of this, specific to the culture and environment of the internet.
: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture
A 'meme' doesn't have to be funny, provocative or even make sense. Most memes fall into one of three categories:

- 'Quirky' stuff that isn't funny.
- Pathetic stuff that fills you with vicarious despair.
- Revolting pictures that could be presented to some alien jury as evidence that humanity is cancer.
Thus by definition, a funny pictures with captions can indeed be a meme, as it is a way of transmitting a cultural concept, idea or behavior from one person to another.
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