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Originally "meme" was defined as "an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture". Prescriptivists will tell you it's the only correct definition, but in this thread we'll mostly keep to internet phenomena and blatantly abuse the word as a synonym for "joke" and to describe "content that is produced solely for the purpose of going viral".
Internet memes range anywhere from dancing babies to snoop dogg with hemp leaves, from zalgo to molpies, from advice dog to pool's closed and from "have you tried turning it off and on again" to the american government.
I like memes, especially the reaction images/faces. Not only do they present a more personalized or specific way to express yourself (given the tremendous number of such images nowadays), but if they're used in a quite consistent manner, they also carry additional information. My current favourite 'meme' is gondola, a stoic/nihilistic creature consisting of only a head and legs that observes the world, but does not interfere. The downside of memes is that they often reduce conversation to a very rudimentary form of communication, instead of enriching a discussion —and I'm very much aware I'm showing this behaviour at times; it's just so easy to respond with a little meme to excite a sensible chuckle, rather than seriously taking part in what may be a meaningful discussion.
I don't usually carry memes over to real-life conversation, though in the past years it has become more normal to mention them because they've become more widspread (that is, memes other than rickrolling and chocolate rain).
What's your opinion on memes? Do you only consume them or do you actively spread them? Do you take it to the next level and change or produce memes? What's your favourite meme currently?