These days who doesn't enjoy a good meme? We all have memes that make us giggle, chuckle, and laugh. I mean, there seems to be a meme genre for every kind of person out there? But honestly... Have you ever sat down and asked yourself, "what even is a meme?"
You may be surprised to learn that despite their Internet popularity, memes are nothing new to recent generations.
Meme even has an official definition that kind of puts things into perspective:
- An element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
- a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
Memes are an element of culture. Don't you feel all cultured now? But seriously, a stash from the 60's recently surfaced when an Imgur user shared a massive collection of hard copy memes of his father's generation. Today, his father is 82 years-old but his memes? Still gold. You may even say... old but gold.
The weird looking bird none of us can relate to.
Who made this copy?
These types of jokes have always existed and always will.