You've probably come across a meme at some point in your internet travels. Maybe you've even shared one or two on social media. But have you ever stopped to think about where these strange, often hilarious, images and phrases come from?
In this blog post, we'll take a deep dive into the history of memes and how they've evolved over the years. From their humble beginnings on message boards and forums, to their current dominance as a way to express your sassy and hilarious side, we've got the complete story of memes.
So, where did it all begin?
The term "meme" was first coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book "The Selfish Gene." He used the word to describe the way certain ideas and cultural practices could spread and evolve in a similar way to genes. It wasn't until the rise of the internet, however, that memes really took off.
One of the first known internet meme was the "Hamster Dance," a series of animated GIFs featuring a group of hamsters dancing to a catchy tune. It spread like wildfire in the late 1990s and became a cultural phenomenon.
But it wasn't until the rise of social media platforms like MySpace and Facebook that memes really hit their stride. Suddenly, it was easy for anyone to create and share their own memes with a global audience. And as the internet has grown, so too has the meme culture.
Today, memes can be found everywhere online, from Instagram and Twitter to Reddit and TikTok. They've become an integral part of internet culture, and have become a universal language of sorts, transcending borders and language barriers.
At Almost Vacant, we been using the concept of memes as inspiration for our posters, taking classic pieces of art and adding a splash of humor with clever captions. It's like giving the image a whole new meaning, and who doesn't love a good twist?
So next time you're in need of a good laugh, or a unique piece of decor for your walls, check out Almost Vacant's collection of meme-inspired posters.
So there you have it, the complete story of memes. From their humble beginnings to their current dominance as a way to express your sassy and hilarious side.
Thanks for joining us on this journey through internet history.