Memes are a peculiar feature of the Internet. In some ways, they are related to Internet slang. For example, many memes involve, or incorporate, phrases of Internet slang. Also, like Internet slang, memes are most commonly practiced in the less formal and professional field of online communication. However, while Internet slang is strictly literary, memes are defined as an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet.
One commonality among Internet memes is the use of images that accompany their text. These images are often visual representations or physical manifestations of the joke or message in a meme’s text. For example, the meme known as “do not want” often includes an image of a well-known person or character making a repulsed expression along with the caption, “do not want”.
Many memes represent a very specific reaction or situation that someone may encounter online. Because of this, many of the Internet users that are familiar with memes utilize them to express their reaction to an object, situation, or event. Returning to the “do not want” meme, someone might utilize this meme if they experience something either online or offline that they find disturbing, repulsive, or offensive. This is just one example of how people use memes to communicate on the Internet. What are some other memes that people use, or ways that people use memes?