- An element of a culture or behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, esp. imitation.
- An image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another.
Memes are, for all intents and purposes, our generation’s version of sticking it to the man. The man being, of course, the all encompassing Internet. For the first time, we could create content and post it on Reddit or 4Chan, and evidently through likes and shares, it would spread like peanut butter on toast. That’s right, folks, something we took five minutes to make could have viewership in all corners of the globe. Next time you roll out a “first world problem” joke, or begin a sentence with “One does not simply…” Stop, visit one of these sites below and share your words of wisdom.
Memegenerator is by far the most recognized and utilized websites for this type of activity. Categorically speaking, there is a plethora of different memes to choose from ranging from “fail tier” to “god tier.” Not only are you able to generate pre-constructed memes with the ease of merely entering text, but you can also up-vote or down-vote recently produced memes, allowing for your newest design to be scrutinized right out of the techno-metaphorical womb. Interestingly enough, there is also the capability to create your own meme based on a new image that you provide. Start digging through old family photos and see what gems are available. You could become the next Bad Luck Brian or Overly Attached Girlfriend with a good eye and a great idea.
Exhibiting many of the similar features of memgenerator, quickmeme has a clean interface that lists its most popular memes (Success Kid, Socially Awkward Penguin, Lame Pun Coon, Scumbag Steve just to name a few) as it’s own heading. This ease of access goes a long way when you’re in a hurry to display your humour to the masses. The featured and popular stream also lists user-generated memes that were selected by the content managers, which directly includes you.
Rage comics are becoming exceedingly popular amongst meme blogging sites. The crude etching of the characters and the familiar emotions associated with many scenarios make these memes particularly endearing. Ragemaker features a drag and drop menu filled with all of the fan favourites. You can customize the amount of spaces you’d like in your grid, add text, and search for characters based on a wide range of sentiments, from ‘victorious’ to ‘malicious – troll’ and everything in between. It will save you time and energy from fiddling around with the dimensions in photoshop or paint, making it readily accessible to everyone despite varying computer competencies.
Memes come, and memes go. Remember not to be discouraged as it’s often a numbers game, but the beauty of it all is that everyone has an equal shot of getting their voices heard, one silly pun at a time.