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Future Of Memes

Future Of Memes

Just as how art of the past is looked and studied in order to understand the associated historical eras, this current internet age will almost certainly be studied and understood through websites, social media, youtube and memes. 

What are now mostly seen as foolish jokes, videos, characters, images, or trends will, at some point, carry sociocultural insight into how the world responded when the internet first started to envelop life, and how we attempted to stay connected, reflective, and human.


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What Are Memes, Actually?

What Are Memes, Actually?

Memes are an element of culture passed from person to person with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning: specifically through the internet. They have emerged out of increasing internet use.

Today, meme formats come in and out of popularity as they travel across the internet and into culture. All memes remain fundamentally the same; an expression of ideas, experiences, and phenomena through media; just like art.


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What is Art?

What is Art?

  • A generally standard definition of art is: the use of creative imagination to produce work that expresses certain meanings or ideas, typically with the intention of aesthetic beauty. However, arguably, what makes something art is less about what it is and more about what it does and how it interacts with the world around it.
  • Art is art so long as its reason for being art can be properly contextualized or defended by either the creator or consumer.


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Age Of The Internet

Age Of The Internet

  • People now have new interests, behaviors, perspectives, and new problems. Instant gratification is now the standard. Attention spans have dropped to an extreme low. Meaning and order are increasingly subjective and difficult to find. 
  • People, especially that of slightly younger generations, are now left disoriented. This new order of the world has countless effects on our experiences of life. Many of yet especially interesting, is how art and the way we consume the value of art has changed.


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The Dadaism movement was a movement of art that expressed the early idea that the world is without centralized reason, but rather, it is irrational and absurd. 

In 1917, Marcel Duchamp associated with Dadaism created an art piece called "Fountain", which was just a urinal he purchased. At first, it was rejected when he attempted to exhibit it as art, but later, it would be accepted and redeemed as an ingenious and highly influential piece of its time.

In this piece, Duchamp begged the question of what art could be, and whether or not it had to be made by the artist or if it could be merely a re-contextualization or addition to what already existed.


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Purpose Of Memes

Like art, memes can show us the absurdity and funniness of our existence and human experiences. And how similar we often are in even the simplest components of our daily life. Higher art is not replaced and continues to hold a mystique and aesthetic beauty that memes, of course lack entirely. However, every meme is a little window into today's world. An expression of anger, frustration, confusion, sadness, hope, and humor that reflect what is happening in the internet world that exists around it.


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Importance of Art

  • Art has given us a way to communicate when regular conversation won't suffice. A way of sharing our perspectives, behaviours, experience, emotions and sufferings. It helps us stay sane and connected. 
  • Every so many year the world hits a period of rapid development in which its conditions change so notably, generations a couple of decades apart can barely recognize each other. 
  • Over the past few decades the world hit one of, if not it's most significant growth period ever; the age of the internet.


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In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.



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The Relevance Of Memes

The Relevance Of Memes

Memes are another evolution of art that serves to satisfy our inherent and remaining human need to share, express, and derive connection from our problems, sadness's, experiences, idiosyncrasies, and perspectives in a world where it is increasingly hard to do so in traditional ways.

Like art movements of the past, memes are a reflection of the modern world's conditions. The use of internet and social media has rendered us wanting things faster, easier and more direct than ever. Instead of requiring artistic skill or interest in going to an art museum, memes merely require some amount of honesty, humor, and access to the internet.


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Pop Art

Pop Art

In similar respects to the Dadaism movement, the pop art movement in UK and US, made art out of simple everyday objects or famous figures found within culture.

Pop Art borrowed objects and people from any source, recontextualized them, and then distributed them as an accessible piece of art for everyone to take part on a mass scale, bridging the gap between high and low art, showcasing the wonder, value, humor, foolishness, and relatability that can be found and shared in everyday life.


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Can Memes Be Compared To Art?

  • To hold a crude image with text on it next to that of a beautifully constructed painting might sound insulting, and by no means does this intend to discredit the beauty and talent found in any work of art.
  • However, even in something as seemingly foolish or mindless as memes, we can realize that nothing is done or made popular for no reason. Everything has something behind its appeal. A thing that makes it human and interesting.


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