Definition Essay: What Is A Meme?

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“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized, and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered,” said Michael J. Fox. Just as the quote states, throughout life we are constantly put on trial by our peers and companions. As humans beings we are far from perfect and it seems like it is human nature to find the flaws in others personalities and actions, poking fun at them at the expense of the victims. Some may know this behavior by a term called bullying and whether you agree or not there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this behavior has a new weapon at their disposal; the internet meme. The dictionary definition for meme is “a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the internet…show more content…
Kermit is a good choice for a meme character because he is a widely recognized children's character that has achieved worldwide recognition and having been around since 1955 allows him to have an audience with a wide age range. When one looks at three memes one’s attention is automatically focused on the big white lettering at the top and bottom of each meme. Upon closer inspection it is very clear to see what is the recurring phrase in each meme, which we can call the punch line. For these particular memes the punch line seems to be “but that’s none of my business.” This is also further emphasized by Kermit the Frog facing off in another direction, his attention seemingly on something else entirely, just enjoying his tea. In the first meme the customized phrase for it is “Your phone screen is brighter than your future.” This phrase is meant to attack or make fun of a specific individual or group of individuals of whom the creator of the meme does not think have a very good chance of succeeding in life. This is funny because the very thought that a phone screen can be brighter than a person's future is implying that the targeted group must specialize in failure. This metaphor is very relevant in today’s time due to the fact that due to the increase in popularity of the cell phone many people have lost interest in participating in other activities, including striving for a better future. The second meme follows in the first one’s footsteps and uses the same recognizable styling, the only big difference being the custom phrase at the top. The second meme states, “I saw you pull that food stamp card outta ya Gucci bag.” This particular phrase is aimed at a common stereotype found in lower income communities. The stereotype is formed around a group of people who go out and buy very expensive brand name items even though they do not have
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