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Memes

What better way to have fun with words than to make, modify, and play with memes?

memeWhat is a meme you ask? A meme is a bit of cultural Darwinism. Coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, a meme is a bit of culture that gets propagated, so it could be as simple as a smiley face or peace sign, but the internet has taken memes to a whole new level with viral images and videos spreading like kudzu throughout our social media spaces.

While no one loves kudzu, we cannot help but love memes. They are just so much fun!

Memes are a sort of cultural shorthand that requires their authors to understand both the genre and audience, but they also offer great opportunity for creative expression. We hope you will spend some time over the next week both adapting and creating some new memes and sharing them with us.

You can use one of the many meme creators and apps out there (such as Meme Generator) or you can create your own from scratch.

Learn more about Memes with this overview as well as learn more about the evolution of specific memes. You can also learn more about how to use memes in the classroom.

Create and Share Your Memes

Your challenge is to create and share your #Memes with us using the #WEKY hashtag. We urge you to share your work through one of the #WEKY channels via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or the Web.

Take your work to the next level by creating a meme from scratch using your own picture or video clip.


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