Internet Memes

BY Elizabeth Carlson (’17)

Social media is a huge part of today’s society. It’s how we communicate with, share with, comment on, observe, and learn about other people, events, etc. As social media users, we see funny content that we can relate to, then we retweet, repin, post, or share content to show our friends or follows.

The younger generation knows the most about social media and the different terminology for different platforms. One of the social media terms used a lot is memes.

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, a meme is an amusing or interesting picture, video, etc., that is spread widely through the Internet. Most memes that I have seen are funny or relatable. Like many others, I knew the concept of what a meme was, but through research I learned more.

I came across this article that was titled ” What Are Internet Memes and Where Did They Come From?” which I thought was pretty appropriate in my research. The article talks about what memes are and how they became so viral on the internet. All memes, it says, have individual stories.

At the end of the article, there is a list of memes and how they came about, one being the “Overly Attached Girlfriend.” Turns out, the “Overly Attached Girlfriend” meme all began on YouTube. The picture was a screenshot from the video of this girl staring into the camera before she broke out in song–a Justin Bieber song.

“The Overly Attached Girlfriend” became so popular after someone posted the video on Reddit, captioning it “Over Attached Girlfriend.” (Reddit is another social media platform where a lot of memes originate.) Soon, the memes went viral and were on almost every social media site popping up on people’s news feeds. Here are some examples of the meme.

You can read more funny memes from the “Overly Attached Girlfriend” blog.

Memes can come in so many different forms. They can be a picture, a video, a gif, a person, an animal, a song, basically anything. I am one of those people who can go on Pinterest and look at funny and relatable memes for hours. Below are some of my favorite memes.

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2016-09-30-fyf-elizabeth-carlson-dsc_0057-thumbnailElizabeth is a senior graphic design major and an advertising minor. When she is not in the classroom, she is Assistant Design Editor for The Wood Word, or she is playing for the women’s soccer team at Marywood. 

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