How Viral Memes Have Become A Product Of Cultural Expression Essay

1793 Words Sep 14th, 2016 8 Pages
The exponential growth of social media has spurred the creation of a unique form of communication in today’s culture. What do I meme? The use of the Internet meme has served as a phenomenon that has changed the way people communicate and have had a notable influence on forms of cultural expression. Memes are defined as, “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from one person to another in a culture and often altered in a creative or humorous way (i.e. images, phrases, snapshots, gifs, etc.).” The rise of the meme culture in a fragmented landscape has no doubt exercised the idea of “cultural formations.” According to lecture, a cultural formation is a ‘complex action, object, event and the cultural texts that come to surround it.’ Throughout this essay I will analyze information from Unit 1 to discuss to what extent viral memes have become a product of cultural expression. Specifically, I will focus on how recent newsworthy memes surrounding the upcoming presidential election have influenced public attitudes regarding the 2016 GOP candidates. Furthermore, in this context, I will explain how memes are one of the few cultural products remaining that unites mass audiences through shared content. Finally, the ultimate goal of this essay is to emphasize how culturally significant memes have become by emphasizing to what degree memes have become a cultural lexicon-a new form of language and communication. Long ago, the prehistoric man painted cave walls as an expression…

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