March 28, 2012
By Joel Hulsey | Ranger Reporter
The internet is home to many bizarre things, from Shake Weights to Rick Astley, “The Game” to “Don’t Taze Me, Bro!”
As the popularity of Internet-exclusive oddity and hilarity climbs, the lives of Internet users are controlled by running jokes that rarely are understood by the average person.
These running jokes are called memes.
While some meme coinsurers debate what constitutes a “real meme,” it comes down to one broad definition: in short, an Internet meme is a gathering of an idea or concept by a group of people that is quickly spread through the Internet.
Memes carry obscure beginnings.
Though sites such as The Daily Meme, KnowYourMeme and QuickMeme strive to trace each meme’s origin, most sites agree that memes began around 2006 and became an Internet phenomenon by 2008.
Traditional memes known as “rage faces” came from Rage Comics, a four-panel Web comic using purposefully poor animation that began in 2008 on 4chan.
“Classic memes” that followed shortly after the arrival of Rage Comics include favorites such as “Oh crap,” “rage face,” “derp” and “derpina.”
Each rage face has sub-faces, each with a slightly different meaning and use.
This popular style spread to Reddit in 2009, and a new subreddit, /r/f7u12, was created in its honor.
Perhaps the most popular rage face, “Trollface,” has become the subject of many 9gag and Facebook posts and multiple Twitter and Tumblr accounts. Other famous rage faces include “Me Gusta,” “‘Not Bad’ Obama face,” “True Story” and “Dumb B----.”
Memes are not restricted to poorly drawn cartoons, however, with
“True story,” “Are you serious,” “Watch out, we’ve got a badass over here,” “you don’t say,” “Awww yea’” and “If you know what I mean,” all based on celebrities.
Not even civilians are exempt from becoming memes. “Good Guy Greg,” “Scumbag Read more [...]