Delivering your message with a meme. The Authors Collection.
May 16, 2015
Have you created a meme – lately?
If you know where the term came from, you can skip the next couple of paragraphs.
But for some of us, meme (rhymes with “seem”) is a new term. Actually, it goes back more than fifty years, yet, it isn’t found in dictionaries even a few years old. I even looked it up in an on-line dictionary and it was not listed.
However, one definition of it 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 practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another.
In psychology it is considered an idea or element of social behavior passed on through generations in a culture. Other disciplines consider it much like a gene. It is a self-replicating entity.
With that background, is it any wonder that meme is now part of the Internet vocabulary. Here, it is defined as an image with words. For the older ones reading this, we might think of an old stand-by: Kilroy.
We saw Kilroy everywhere as graffiti seventy years ago. Now you see memes everywhere – on social media and blogs. They are popular because they are easily shareable. Thus, a meme is a unit, carrying an idea, easily replicated.
Off hand, you might think these are difficult to make. But, no. There are a number of sites that help you. You select a picture; could be one you took or drew.
Of course, there are dozens of sites that offer pictures for free, but read the fine print so you are not in copyright violation or perhaps subject to some fees. Take the picture to a site like www.picMonkey.com or www.Canva.com where you can quickly and easily add words, borders, and other items to make your unique meme.
The theory on memes is that pictures capture a person’s attention, and then the words you have added to make your meme will get the message you want to convey into the eyes of the reader. And as mentioned earlier, memes are very shareable.
I know this is not a good example, but it took me only a few minutes to come up with this meme.
If you are not familiar with memes, or how to make them, look into it. Give it a try. It might gather more attention for your blogs or FB or wherever you are on the Internet.
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