The Internet meme – just for lolz? Or something else entirely?

I apologise profusely to anyone I offended with the appalling grammar of the title of this post. I was using the colloquialisms of the biggest village in the world – the Internet.

I caught one of the cats napping earlier and rather than thinking ‘aww how cute’, my Internet ravaged brain just thought ‘shooting lasers pew pew pew’. http://www.cheezburger.com has a lot to answer for (and owes me several hours days of my life back)

And this is what was created:

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So, just what makes a meme? A picture may say a thousand words, but these pictures contain a thousand jokes. Short, to the point and often part of an ‘in’ joke. For instance, the bad grammar and reference to shooting lasers (pew pew pew) in the one above is a reference to several ‘in’ jokes which are now really quite old and engrained in Internet humour from lolcats. Cats are apparently the soul of the Internet (that and porn, but I’m sticking with cats here). Funny cat pictures with bad grammar spelling and weird references to fast food and lasers are highly popular.

So what about other memes?

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Ragestache is another site containing user generated content based around an ‘in’ joke. For anyone familiar with the site, my kids have just become Derp derping around with le best friend. (Get the old person knowing the lingo!)

Essentially, anyone, or anything has the potential to become a meme; it just has to catch people’s sense of humour which online, often favours the oddball. Hence lolcats, possessive girlfriend, success baby, chemistry cat. Where these images were once passed around closed forums, they are now popping up all over the place. They are not always crass or offensive, in fact the vast majority rely on the reader being reasonably clued up academically.

For instance:

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Firstly, you’re going to need to know what Argon is. And some basic understanding of the periodic table.

And it’s not just science geeks (note, not nerds – nerds collect cool stuff, geeks create cool stuff). Ohh no! The literary geeks are at it too…

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And as for using bad grammar outside of a meme while online…..

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These jokes make intelligence cool. We have spent so long celebrating the pretty morons, that it became uncool to be clever, or have a passion for learning. Those who wanted to learn became ‘nerds’ or ‘boffins’. But meme by meme, the geeks are reclaiming cool. We’re creating a world where intelligence is required to be funny. Its ok to be clever. And boobs are still awesome.

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This endeth the lesson.

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2 thoughts on “The Internet meme – just for lolz? Or something else entirely?

  1. I just realised that as I scroll the little fishies in the background of your theme move… This amused me for longer than I’d care to admit. As for intelligent meme humour, zomg this post is beyond win. These memes tend to consume my facebook feed, and I, too, can admit that lolcats (cheezburger.com) consumes a shame-worthy amount of my internet time. And now I’ve discovered the seaweed moves, I think I’d better move on before my small mind manages to lose time playing with your background =P

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