QCQ for Internet Memes

Quotation (with page number or parag number or time stamp if video/audio)

“while memes’ omnipresence may make meme research more legible to both academic and lay audiences, it is not the key to the significance. Memes were important before they were ubiquitous because they represent a practice of vernacular creativity, a blending of folk practices with contemporary media savvy and skill.”

Comment (250-500 words)

The article internet memes surprised me by how much the author was able to write about memes in a scholarly way, writing about political memes, some of its history and memes in different regimes. Internet culture as a whole has used memes across the world and is something that no one really fights about or argues about, people see it and just laugh. There isn’t much arguing, just seeing or making something that is found funny. The quote surprised me how the author was able to write about a meme in a scholarly way because to me they have always seemed immature but always funny. The author describes memes in a very educational way and says they are used in academic and lay audiences. The quote also talks about how memes were important because they represent practice of vernacular creativity which I completely agree with. Memes are either remixes or original works that take a certain amount of creativity to create or accomplish.


Do you believe that memes are scholarly?