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Freeze: Internet Memes

In his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, British scientist Richard Dawkins defended his newly coined word meme, which he defined as “a unit of cultural transmission.” “Meme” itself, like any good meme, caught on fairly quickly, spreading from person to person as it established itself in the language (merriamwebster.com).

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition, defines meme as a unit of cultural information, as a concept, belief, or practice that spreads from person to person in a way analogous to the transmission of genes. Collins English Dictionary defines meme as
1. an idea or element of social behavior passed on through generations in a culture, especially by imitation;
2. an image or video that is spread widely on the internet, often altered by internet users for humorous effect
Filipinos are quick to make memes based on current events and many posts on social media become viral – as if to reflect common Pinoy thinking or just for laughs. Here are examples of Pinoy memes.

British scientist Richard Dawkins coined the word meme. The word meme is a shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme (from Ancient Greek μίμημα pronounced [míːmɛːma] mīmēma, which means “imitated thing” (image source: telegraph.co.uk).
Land Bank promotion to save

 

A naughty meme maker’s association of colors to local banks

 

This is called eggplant but it’s not

 

Some memes are text based

 

Poking fun at Kris Aquino’s son who get a lot of social media exposure for every reason

 

Meme makers are quick to spot typos

 

A tweet that Visayans should easily understand

 

The Netflix sensation gets a dark Pinoy twist

 

The 10-year challenge meme

 

The networking lines

 

How we smell through the years

 

The threat to a godfather who ducks gift giving

 

Someone tries to explain the cold weather
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