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.
- DRIVER SURRENDERS | Fatal hit-and-run victim one step closer to getting justice
- City to host three huge events in March
- Bomb joke lands OFW in jail
- Balinsasayao Twin Lakes provide water for half-a-million people
- ROUGH CUTS | ‘Transient’ tourists only?
- CULTURAL POTPOURRI | Dusit-Davao’s Romantic Valentine’s Day Offering
- 10th ID chief vows to cooperate with PNP probers on model’s slay
- HONORING MY MOTHER | Here Dodgy Doggies
- Editorial Cartoon of the Day
- ROUGH CUTS | Is the Mindanao Railway derailed?