Did You Meme What You Said or Did You Really Say It?

Meme fontMemes seem to have replaced old fashioned facts in the minds of many people.  Between fake facts, fake news, plain distortions, lies, propaganda, and the ever popular statistics, was Mulder correct?  Is the truth out there? (Ironically that X-Files tagline has become a meme in it’s own right.)

truth is out there

Meme (noun)an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation. –humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

Richard DawkinsAccording to Wikipedia, Richard Dawkins “..first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term meme.”

The Meme concept has spawned a new industry of stars, websites, posters, and even meme generators.  Complex, Thrillist, and even Time have rated the best memes (so far) of 2017. the Chive (which modestly tags itself) as “probably the site in the world” explains 2017 memes

the Chive is the same group that brought us “Keep Calm and Chive On.” It’s derived from the British WWII posters that told its citizens to “Keep Calm and Carry On.”   You can find “Keep Calm and Chive On” aka KCCO on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and posters. Keep Calm and Chive On means roughly to chill out, to hang loose.   People who wear KCCO clothing or bumper stickers may be known as Chivers.

What is your favorite meme?  Join in the conversation about whether you like memes, create memes, or have no interest in memes.

PS The X-files will be returning to Fox for a 10-episode run during the 2017-2018 season.