The Effects Of Memes Popping Into The Internet 's Social Media

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Memes popping up in the internet’s social media feeds and blogs and becoming exceedingly prominent. Many of these so-called memes appear to be harmless and tend to generate various chuckles, although many of them can be considered offensive or even disturbing to some viewers. The word “meme” was first introduced by Richard Dawkins in his 1989 book The Selfish Gene, and his intentions included spreading an element of a culture or system of behavior that is to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means or imitation (Dawkins, 1989, p.1). Dawkins hit the jackpot with the development of the term we know as “meme”, which is now used in the form of a humorous image, video, piece of text that is copied or imitating a popular conflict or example. Memes expanding across the internet have both negative and positive effects on people’s emotions and this is expected considering, it is the objective of a meme. Evaluating the meme above representing, president Barack Obama pointing and the caption depicted as, “KEEP WORKING MILLIONS ON WELFARE DEPENDING ON YOU!” which falls into a public conflict that has been popular for several years. Understanding that the purpose of a meme is to suggest an element of culture or system of behavior and highlight the conflict, I will evaluate the purpose, ethnicity and accuracy of the projected meme and conclude with why memes should not be taken personal, or looked down on but rather should be revered for challenging a person’s ideas…

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