There are many questions that will always be debatable. For example, what came first the chicken or the egg? What do you think? and why?
Memes do fit the criteria of art, as may be seen by doing a definition search. Memes are legitimate forms of artistic expression that have cultural effects outside of the digital realm. They become ingrained in our minds, aiding in our understanding of the environment, and form a part of our collective psyche.
Now before you make any sudden decisions think about this.
Why is it that a person can make slashes on a canvas and can sell it in an art gallery but graffiti can’t get the same recognition?
Well-worked graffiti art is typically creative, colorful, and bold, and thus it changes the character of the particular area where it appears. In many cases, this change is positive, since the art turns drab and monotone buildings and bare walls into interesting and eye-catching exhibitions of the imagination.
Art is constantly evolving, but if the purpose of art is to express human truth, the Internet meme fits the bill. Like many other art forms, we use memes to understand, critique, and share thoughts about the world around us. Exhibits on Internet memes signal their importance and pay tribute to them as cultural icons.