Memes: What are they?

Memes have become a popular form of communication for society when everything turned digital. To put it simply – a meme is usually in the form of an image or video that makes fun of an idea. For example, here is a meme that I shared on Facebook:

I shared this meme with my Facebook friends because I was able to relate to the situation. To add some context – once I turned 21, my way of spending late nights have turned into earlier bedtimes; therefore, when I have friends who try to make plans past my bedtime, I picture myself doing what an old person might do and curl up on a couch watching Netflix. In the video, you can see two young men in deep conversation while the old man in between them looks lost. By adding, “when it’s 4 am and your friends are making more plans,” I can relate to the old man. The meme is making fun of me, the old man and the whole idea of not being able to stay up late.

In fact, Lifewire also states that memes in today’s modern digital age poke fun at a cultural symbol or social idea. Here is another example:


I need sleep 😴😂

I need sleep 😴😂

Posted by Student Problems on Wednesday, June 12, 2019


If you have not lived under a rock, you would know that stores like Target, TJMaxx and more are places where we go in with the intention of buying one item and end up leaving a few hours later with a full shopping cart. If you are a movie fanatic like myself, you would understand the “That wasn’t me. That was Patricia” and the photo refers to the film Split, where the male has different personalities. These two ideas put together makes sense because they are both referring to similar situations.



Posted by Cities 97.1 on Thursday, May 16, 2019

My friends and I use memes to communicate on a regular basis. Sometimes, our text messages would consist of only photos or videos with no explanation. As I reflect back on how memes have evolved over time, I notice that memes are a huge way to resonate with an audience. Brands and companies use memes to communicate with their audience, which is a smart strategy since today’s digital audience would rather engage with funny content than the usual corporate bland posts.

One thought on “Memes: What are they?

  1. Hi Daniela! I completely agree with your post. I feel like memes really took off when everything started to become more digital and our way of communication started to become more online. I liked how you incorporated two relatable posts that resonated with you and how it resonated with you. I can definitely relate to these posts as well as my friends often make plans past my bedtime too and disrupt my sleep schedule or Netflix schedule. Today, I feel like almost anything can become a meme. For example, when Shakira performed at the Super Bowl this year, she turned into a meme after her performance.
    In addition, I am also a victim to the black hole of Target, TJ Maxx, etc. where I go to the store just looking to get one or a few items and end up buying things I probably did not need or didn’t think about until walking in. Sometimes I end up forgetting to buy the things that I went to the store for, even when I make a list! I’ve seen this meme online before as well and always find it funny when I see it because it is so relatable.
    Lastly, my friends and I also communicate with memes as well. I find us usually sending memes through either Instagram, Twitter or texting it to each other. We usually don’t say anything at all either but respond with either how relatable it is, how funny it is, or if it’s serious how controversial or important it may be.
    I think you did a good job with explaining memes and how it relates to you. Good job!

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