The 's First World Problems : A Fair Use Analysis Of Internet Memes

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The dictionary defines a meme as, “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture”(“Meme”). Memes have become the way of expressing thoughts and information, which is changed and modified through out time and peoples attitudes. Ronak Patel states in his work “First World Problems: A Fair Use Analysis of Internet Memes,” a very important about internet memes and that is, “. . . it is not the meme itself that is important, but the fact that memes provide more avenues of expression, thus increasing the chance that a message can be transmitted to someone in an effective way” (Patel, 252). Internets memes have deeper and more intersexual meaning that was is just written or seen in the GIF or picture. The reader must have the skills and knowledge to really extract the true meaning. There are many different popular memes background pictures, and through out time the captions change to accommodate what the creator of the meme is thinking and what is going on in society. Specifically looking at one “Thanks, Obama” meme, the content of the meme states “She was Hannah Montana when Bush was President. Thanks Obama.” Along with the text of the meme there is a picture of Ron Swanson in the background. The humor of this meme comes from the thought that first it is true that Miley was Hannah Montanan, but second blaming Obama for something that occurred that he had absolutely nothing to do with. According to Know Your Meme the “Thanks, Obama” memes

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