What Year Is It Meme?

December 17, 2023
David Sunnyside

From Pepe the Frog's appropriation by the alt-right to the eternal allure of a dancing baby, memes are one of the ways we connect with each other in our digitised world. They're basically public inside jokes, a slew of different languages encompassing every possible subculture, interest, identity and topic.

The term'meme' was coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene. He took it from the Greek mimema, which means something that is imitated. The word has come to refer to any cultural idea that spreads and takes on new forms like a virus, but it also describes something that becomes popular and infectious, like a piece of pop culture.

Memes are now a part of our daily lives, used by everyone from 7yr olds on Instagram to their elders on Twitter. But it's important to remember that not everyone knows exactly what a meme is. There's a lot of misinformation floating around out there about what memes are and how they work.

A common misconception is that a meme is just a picture with a caption. This isn't necessarily true, and it can be difficult to explain in words.

Memes can be a form of art, social commentary or a way to express your emotions. This year has seen a lot of relationship-focused memes, with people comparing themselves to a certain animal or sharing their love life wisdom. There have even been 'What year is it memes', with users expressing their anticipation of a specific event or movie.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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