The World Of Memes

Something that sparked my interest in the readings this week was the idea of remix as a form of literacy, specifically with memes. Knobel and Lankshear define remix it as:

Remix means to take cultural artifacts and combine and manipulate them into new kinds of creative blends.

While Stephanie Richter defines a meme as:

A snippet of culture, a thought, behavior, or artifact it spreads via transmission and adaptation, sharing and imitation, and is something everyone has seen or recognizes.

Memes have been around for a long time, let me refresh your memory on a few of my favorite early internet memes:

The Hampster Dance (I apologize if this is stuck in your head all day…)

Oogachaka Baby (circa 1996)

So how can memes be used in the classroom? The options are endless. The power of remixing a meme is that it allows students to share their voice, they are creating the message. There are also always memes that reflect current events, so why not use this form of literacy for students to engage in the things happening in the world and in popular culture. Nathan Jurgenson has a great article about the power of memes in politics.

Alec shares an example of a school doing a remix of gangnam style and how integrating these new literacies creates a fun, healthy learning environment while modelling a positive digital footprint. What a great way to bring the school community together while being engaged in learning about new forms of media literacy!

I am a content expert for the week so stay tuned for more information as I continue to learn more about the world of memes…

In closing, I took it upon myself to create a couple memes specifically for ECI 832. (I tried… but it turns out I’m not very funny so maybe you guys can do better!) Check out this meme generator and come up with your own! Post them below or share on our google community.

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baby meme


2 thoughts on “The World Of Memes

  1. barbaradewitt says:

    Oh the hamster dance, it brings back memories of grade 8 dances. I like the idea of memes because, as you mentioned, they allow students to share their voice and can be used to create discussion around current events. The possibilities of meme use in a middle years and high school classroom are endless. Awesome work creating the meme about sweat pants, thats exactly how I feel! I look forward to reading the Nathan Jurgenson that you shared.


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