Every year the internet comes up with new comedic material, something they call, memes. A word making the adults shudder and roll their eyes, and the kids rejoice in happiness and excitement. Who makes these memes, no one really knows. But where they end up is all though social media including platforms such as Tumblr, Reddit, Instagram and Twitter. When these memes hit the internet they spread like wildfire, until they die down, like– well, the end of a wildfire?
Many memes come from social interaction, pop culture reference, or situations people often find themselves in. When making a meme, they get a screenshot of a moment and add a caption that could also go along with the situation. For example:
Though there are many forms of memes including text, a phrase often used on twitter when someone tweets an opinion is “delete your account”. Its most recent popular use was this year when the Republican candidate Donald Trump tweeted: “Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama– but nobody else does!” To which Hillary Clinton replied to with “Delete your account.”:
Other types of memes include challenges some of the most popular up to date are “The Cinnamon Challenge”, where you swallow a spoonful of cinnamon. “The Ice Bucket Challenge”, originally for ASL (but people were supposed to donate money after they did the challenge, but lets be honest I don’t think most of them did.) where people poured a bucket full of ice cold water on themselves to feel the effects of ASL. And of course, the “Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge” where people use suck on a cup to try to receive Kylie Jenner’s infamous big lips. These are challenges where you would film yourself completing (or failing) at the challenge, the, post them on your social media.