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Internet meme

Concept that spreads from person to person via the Internet / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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An Internet meme, commonly known simply as a meme (/mm/, MEEM), is an item (such as an idea, behaviour, style, or image) that is popularised via the Internet, often through social media platforms. What is considered a meme may vary across different communities on the Internet and is subject to change over time. Traditionally, the term mostly applied to images, concepts, or catchphrases, but it has since become broader and multi-faceted, evolving to include more elaborate structures such as challenges, GIFs, videos, and viral sensations.[1] The retronym derives from the earlier concept of a meme as any cultural idea, behavior or style that propagates through imitation.

Internet memes are considered a part of Internet culture. They can spread from person to person via social networks, blogs, email, or news sources. Instant communication on the Internet facilitates word of mouth transmission, resulting in fads and sensations that tend to grow and evolve rapidly.

A hallmark of Internet memes is the appropriation of a part of broader culture. In particular, many memes use popular culture (especially in image macros of other media), which can sometimes lead to issues with copyright. Colloquially, the terms meme and Internet meme are used more loosely, having become umbrella terms for any piece of quickly-consumed comedic content that may not necessarily be intended to spread or evolve.