What’s in a meme?
Memes are entertaining clips or images that create unique juxtapositions between comedic or cultural commentary and pop culture and current events. They’re usually humorous and strive to make a viewer have a specific reaction.
“I think meme videos, or memes in general, point at a cultural reference and bring it together with a joke. A meme makes a commentary in a fresh, funny, or new way,” explains comedian and viral meme creator SluttyPuffin.
While everyone recognizes the now-retro “I Can Has Cheezburger” meme cat, the newer versions often look different. Meme videos are the epitome of the unexpected: a clip from a movie or TV show juxtaposed with the news, politics, or trending moments. It’s all connected together with a caption, music, or a single word.
Memes move fast.
If you want to make a simple topical joke or a dank meme (memes that are especially unique or interesting), you’ve got to move quickly.
“There’s always something going on, and you want to make sure you’re one of the first to get a meme out about it,” says popular meme creator Paul Nabor. “If you post a meme too late, it may never actually pick up traction, because everyone’s already on to the next story.”
Memes are a vital part of internet culture, and the internet moves lightning fast. People may lose interest in topics quickly online, so your window of opportunity with memes and jokes is small.
“People love funny stuff, and there’s a reason meme social media accounts grow so fast. It’s because it’s one of the most shareable things on the internet. Memes are just inherently shareable,” says Puffin.
Make your memes stand out.
Reuse and revise.
Keep it fresh and unexpected.
Make it fun.
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