What is a meme? A meme is "an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or prac<ces that can be transmi=ed from one mind to another through wri<ng, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena. An Internet meme is a concept that spreads from person to person via the Internet. The word meme was coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selﬁsh Gene, as an a=empt to explain the way cultural informa<on spreads; internet memes are a subset of this, speciﬁc to the culture and environment of the internet. (Wikipedia, accessed May 7, 2013)
Gangnam Style is a meme. A search for Gangnam style on YouTube gets 4,970,000 results h=p://theweek.com/ar<cle/index/233651/gangnam-‐style-‐the-‐8-‐best-‐parodies-‐of-‐the-‐viral-‐video
Harlem Shake is a meme. A search for Harlem shake on YouTube gets 6,750,000 results h=p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hpEnLtqUDg
Vadering is a meme h=p://www.gadgetreview.com/2013/04/15-‐vadering-‐pics-‐george-‐lucas-‐would-‐be-‐proud-‐of.html
A popular type of internet meme includes text superimposed on an image, since this type of content is easily shared through social media. “Hey Girl” is a meme about Ryan Gosling h=p://knowyourmeme.com/memes/people/ryan-‐gosling
There was even a museum-‐themed “Hey Girl” h=p://museumheygirl.tumblr.com
Grumpy cat is a meme h=p://www.complex.com/art-‐design/2013/03/the-‐50-‐funniest-‐grumpy-‐cat-‐memes/
“Said no one ever” is a meme h=p://knowyourmeme.com/memes/said-‐no-‐one-‐ever
“Success Kid” is a meme h=p://knowyourmeme.com/memes/success-‐kid-‐i-‐hate-‐sandcastles
Original Media Compressed into Image + text for easy sharing Remixed Remixed again! Original clip from The Lord of the Rings: h=p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r21CMDyPuGo Memes can be inspired by movies, TV shows, and commercials
Original Media Compressed into Image + text for easy sharing Remixed Remixed again! Original clip from the commercial for Dos Equis: h=p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U18VkI0uDxE “I dont always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis.”
We should capitalize on the popularity and viral nature of these memes. No art museums are doing this yet (that I can ﬁnd). Some ideas…
Notes: We would only use public domain or copyright unrestricted images The image info and URL are embedded on the image so they do not get lost when shared
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