How to Make a Meme
By Gabriel Peters-Lazaro
This is a two-part video educasts series that overviews how to create a Meme with an introduction to the phenomenon of internet Memes and a step by step guide to using a simple tool for making and sharing your own.
A meme can be any kind of idea, action or creative output that is picked up, copied and repeated within a culture. ‘Internet Memes’ has become a popular way to describe various internet trends that you might associate with viral videos, images or phrases that originate and spread quickly online. But most often, if someone refers to a ‘meme’, they mean a specific type of meme characterized by a familiar still image captioned with text based on a particular style of joke associated with that image. These sorts of images with text were originally called image macros, but are now popularly known as memes.
Amongst many things, you can create a meme for making a visual argument. You will see an example of this in the second video where we take an image of Benjamin Franklin and present an interpretation of his thinking about energy production.
Note: The videos below are in a playlist. To view the second video, click on the text “playlist” and a menu will appear where you can click on the second video.
Disclaimer: Memes found in the wild may involve distasteful language that may be offensive or hurtful. Please use your best judgement when exploring the world of memes.