A meme has become something larger than expected in our generation. Merriam-Webster defines a meme as "an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture." Urban Dictionary defines a meme as "an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media)."
Even if we can define what a meme means, what is the importance of a meme? Memes are created to bond on different ideas or beliefs about something popular in culture. Typically memes are used to create a lighter side of moments and make viewers laugh or feel better. Memes can teach us things about culture without having to actually experience certain events. With the growth of memes, some might begin to wonder if memes are something that are temporary, or will continue to thrive in our society.
Memes, if used correctly can describe almost any kind of circumstance. Apps have been created for the sole intention of creating and sharing memes. iFunny with over 10 million downloads is an app developed for users to create memes to be shared into a collective pool. Less than 50 memes a day are then deemed worthy to be selected and featured into a "featured pool". With apps such as iFunny people are now competing to be able to show off who can create the greatest or funniest memes each day, and make it into the honors of the "featured pool."
In conclusion with pop culture evolving each day there are always new ways for memes to be advancing and shared. Memes can be created to describe an emotion, event, or just about any other kind of artifact. There are new ways that people are finding to be able to share and create new memes each day.
Will memes ever become as big of a piece of pop culture as movies or other top components of pop culture?
Will memes become big enough where there can be theories solely based on memes?
Is there anything that a meme can't be created for?