The Internet has spawned several new categories of communication and terminology far beyond simple text like "LOL" or "OMG". If you want to stay up to date on the online culture, here are some concepts to discover.
A regular viewer of Jimmy Fallon may have seen a feature called "This Week in Memes" – but do you know what a meme really is?
A "Mem" is a funny image or summary of footage from stock footage / footage, movies, or individuals, along with a clever caption that copies, spreads, and becomes viral. (Another example of a meme is a phrase or piece of text combined with a funny picture.) The meme usually spreads from one person to another through text messages, social media, and emails.
Memes have been around since the beginning of the new millennium, and they have gained so much ground and popularity that there is an online guide called "Know Your Meme" with pictures that are now considered "classic", such as "Distracted Boyfriend" or Videos like "David after Dentist". Memes are now so widespread that companies use them to market their products. Facebook has added a Meme generator to its UI. Apps / websites were created so everyone can create their own memes. A special favorite for Memebilder is a still image from the movie Office Space by Bill Lumbergh (see picture above), whose title ends with the sentence "… that would be great".
Click here to create a meme from your GIFs
You may have heard of the term "GIF" (pronounced "JIF"). This is a kind of meme as it can become viral and is part of the online culture. However, a GIF consists of a clip or graphic of 1
Are memes the new emoticons?
When emoticons and emojis were first introduced, almost all added a smiley face at the end of their text messages or emails. With the advancement of technology they have become a standard in almost every form of digital communication. (Senior Planet even came up with some emojis, look at this.) What about the hearts and fruits that you can see at the end of news or Facebook posts? Yes, these are emoticons!
Here's an example of how versatile emoticons can be:
Just like emoticons, memes have become a standard in the way we communicate.
Senior Planet Associate Parshva Bavishi is someone who jumped on the meme train and says the way he talks to his friends and family has changed radically. "Instead of sending a boring text message to someone on their birthday, I look at the birthday news and send it to them. It's like a digital birthday card! I also like to send memes to sports events, especially if my friends are interested in my competition.
No matter whether you laugh well or just want to talk colorfully with your communication with family and friends, one thing is for sure, memes are here to stay!
It's Your Turn
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