Meme by Michelle and Carla

Memes are weekly/ monthly questionnaires or ideas that, like a gene, can replicate and evolve. They are united of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation. They are viral and propagate around. An example of this would be when someone proposed something along the lines of some blog posts – they write about something they see on one blog and the next person does the same sometimes their interpretation varies slightly changing the story.With the emergence Web 2.0, which, in part, refers to tools that make it very easy to create and post content to the Web, the most popular applications are those that provide a platform for users to create content that other users can access, such as memes. Memes began years later after the web was invented. They were slowly beginning to become more popular with the web. A popular meme going around the web is: This is Sparta. It is a meme inspired by the brutal and overly dramatic movie 300, in which the Spartan king Leonidas shouts the line before killing a Persian messenger. What made this popular was the fact that you could reword it however one would like and people would still think it was funny. These make money by people wanting to follow a trends and continuing them by making them a regular source of social media.

My own experience creating a meme was interesting, especially because initially, I was not sure what to post. It was challenging mainly because every moment of the day I would have my phone on me trying to figure out what spectacular moment I could capture on Vine. Finally, I decided to attend a New York City event called The Pillow Fight. I knew I had to Vine it. It didn’t receive as much attention as I would have assumed. However, I later realized that it would have probably received more attention if I would have captured it from another angle. I was a little bit far away from the center of the action.

Carla’s experience creating a meme was inspired by her niece while she was dancing. She wanted to pair up the video with something humorous, so she came up with “When your teacher cancels class”. She was not sure whether or not people would find the vine funny. But to her amazement she received a few compliments, and even got two favorites on twitter. Carla believed that it received attention because her niece was cute and her dancing was entertaining. Overall, both of our experiences creating memes were successful and enjoyable.  

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