Are Memes Art?


Art is defined as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” To reinforce the meaning of art, memes are created from one’s imagination as a visual representation of an image or video that is often accompanied by a text to provoke the human emotions of witty, amusing, and humorous. On this basis, memes qualify as an art form that connects with the emotions of participants who engage in it. In correlation, meme’s that relate to a majority of participants are often rapidly shared by internet users. Therefore, this relationship among users and memes has become fundamental to the success in the growth of memes and to the creation of meme culture.

Often times, memes are packed with witty humor that makes fun of oneself or a person, place, or situation. This light-hearted teasing enhances user experience and makes the internet a joyful platform to interact with. Memes also allow users to form connections with one another by similar interests and experiences that are generally reflected.

Lastly, in times where people are plagued with worry regarding health, job security, and stress of politics the world can seem quite gloomy. Fortunately, with the creation of memes, it allows people a bit of relief in uncertain times. Memes create an environment that allows users to become a part of an online community, especially thanks to content creators who continue to produce updated, relevant and entertaining material for users to share.

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2 thoughts on “Are Memes Art?”

  1. Excellent work on this! Love the Meme’s and the examples! Love the idea of utilizing current events too! What if the everyday news used a few memes? How would people respond to that? Where will art expand to 10 years from now as it integrates more and more to instant publishing and daily news?
    Great work!

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