Memes of the Decade

Jada Dunn

Memes. They’re everywhere. Everyone has seen them, even those who do not have social media. Such is
the impact that they have on popular culture. They are capable of changing the way people communicate;
when a photo, gif, or video circulates the internet for long enough, people begin to be able to understand
what is being communicated with little to no context or comments. In fact, the reach of viral culture is
so widespread that even students that don’t have social media have access to these memes.
Freshman Kennedy McDonald has absolutely no form of social media but receives the funny pictures and
videos from friends she refers to as “meme dealers” who supply her with funny photos and videos.
Her favorites are the ones that use relatable photos such as hair gel and cookie tins filled with hair
products to represent what it is like ‘Growing up Black’.
Senior Josh Ross does have social media. His favorite being Instagram, the photo-sharing app perfect for
spreading funny visual content. His favorite is a vulgar one, however, he couldn’t help from keeling over in laughter while describing it.
When a photo, gif, or video circulates the internet for long enough, people begin to be able to understand
what is being communicated with little to no context or comments. Memes are capable of changing the
way people communicate on the internet and in real life.