I recently got to thinking about all the little posts that people put on Facebook and what others reply. Now, I have quite a few geeky friends, mostly from going to various cons over the last couple of years, and they will use memes to comment on each other’s posts. According to Wikipedia.org an Internet meme (MEEM) is an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet. They may relate to various existing Internet cultures or subcultures, often created or spread on various websites. These are usually photos or drawings that have been altered and/or have a catchy, sarcastic, or meaningful phrase on them. Fads and sensations tend to grow rapidly on the Internet, because the instant communication facilitates word-of-mouth transmission. Some of them can be funny, some more serious, some thoughtful and inspiring, and others can be downright rude.
I asked my friends around the world to post their favorite memes and I now share them here. We’ll start of simple with a photo still from a movie.
Who doesn’t like a good Jim Carey meme?
Another one that’s very popular is Willy Wonka. This is one of my particular favorites.
Probably even more prolific than the Willy Wonka memes, are the Batman bitch-slapping Robin memes. Here’s a few examples.
And, of course, those spawned a series of spinoffs from X-Men and Star Trek.
Speaking of Star Trek, which inspired the title of this article, here’s a few of the more clever ones in that genre.
The Minions have proven to be very popular, as well.
Some memes really don’t need classification, they’re just funny all on their own merit. You cannot look at these and not smile. Go on, I dare you.
I hope you’ve had fun reading this. If not, here’s the last, but not least, meme.
Next time, I’ll be reporting on MCM Expo, London. It looks like it will be another record-breaker!