I’m still finding the word “meme” really hard to say. Besides it just being an odd word, I haven’t used it enough to have become familiarized with it. And I’m finding that a lot of people (and maybe there’s a possibility that my friends are just sheltered) have no idea what I’m talking about when I say meme. So if you are one of those people (not trying to accuse you of being sheltered), my explanation to you would go something like this: “Oh you know those funny things people post all over the internet with a picture and words.” Which in my defense does sum it up, however Urban Dictionary defines it as “an internet information generator, especially of random or contentless information.”
If you have used the internet at all in the past week, it would be hard to miss the new phenomenon that is Texts From Hillary. Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith started Tumblr posts that took the image of the Secretary of State aboard a transport plane to Tripoli and matched it with images of other celebrity, or political figures and wrote the potential texting conversation that may have gone on between both parties. Was it a totally silly idea? Of course. However the response was tremendous. The post got 83,000 shares on Facebook, and 45,000 Tumblr followers, and I can only imagine that number is growing.
Hillary Clinton even jumped on the bandwagon and wrote her own meme, which subsequently ended Stacy and Adam’s attempts of writing anymore. After all, who could top a Text From Hillary meme from Madame Secretary herself?
As for the Reuters photographer, Kevin Lamarque, who took the now infamous sunglass-wearing, blackberry-ing, Clinton… Well he had no idea that image would become what it did. In fact, he thought it would be the images he shot in Tripoli, not on the flight there, that would be of any importance.
So my thoughts have been occupied with one question: How can an insignificant picture, become a national sensation?
What is wonderful about photography is that it captures life as it is; bad moments, good moments, awkward moments, sad moments. Photography can amaze us, inspire us, and potentially change us. We live in a day and age where these images are right at our fingertips, and it’s made for interesting discoveries on the internet. And only made even more interesting by the people who find the hidden (and sometimes obvious) humor in a photo and then can add a witty, well written remark that can make us all LOL.
So check out these memes and the stories behind some popular ones. You never know what image that you find on Newscom, could become an internet sensation.
The Obama’s became the new face of the O Rly meme when this shot was released.
We’ve all seen the Royal Engagement photos, but have you seen them with Kate Middleton sporting one tiny hand?
Throw some glasses on Voldemort, and he’s really just like another hipster out there.
You should really get to know the most interesting man in the world.
Who doesn’t support the honey badger who just don’t care?
He’s a ridiculously photogenic guy, even when he’s running a marathon.
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