An internet meme is an imitation of a humorous image that is then shared for social media users to pass along to one another. Although there are millions of humorous internet memes, there is a fine line between getting the funny side of a meme just right before they start becoming offensive to certain individuals. I find that the intentions of most memes are simply to get laughs out of the audience, however I have come across a few that make me go back and question the true significance of them.
I came across this meme on Twitter, and I quickly had a feeling that this joke could be hitting a bit too close to home for those being directly affected by the Corona virus. I not only found those directly affected to find offense, but even individuals of Chinese descent could be wondering if that meme was completely appropriate to post online.
The second meme I wanted to discuss is a bit more wholesome in my perspective. I personally enjoyed this particular meme because I found it harmless and relatable. When I think of internet memes, the second meme is definitely a perfect example of what I would think resembles a humorous yet harmless meme on social media.
Memes are meant to be entertaining and just for laughs, not for degrading or shamefully talking down on others. I am just hoping that internet memes stay harmless for the sake of keeping their reputation at a high standard!