Back in 1976, evolutionary biologist and outspoken Atheist Richard Dawkins published his book The Selfish Gene. In the work, he discusses the groundbreaking work by several scientists working with genes, and the place of self-replicating genetics in the process of evolution.
In this chapter, he coins a new term based on the original Greek work “mimema”, meaning something that has been imitated. His new word was ‘meme’. Sound familiar?
Jump forward decades later, and that word now has a whole new meaning. Certainly, it refers to something that has been imitated or repeated, though in the sense of a cultural phenomenon. Today, it is most commonly applied to things found on the internet. Not quite was Professor Dawkins had in mind.
Putting aside the amusing abduction of this word by the online masses, there is no denying the impact memes have had on our culture. Enough that some even have their own Twitter accounts.
Here are six of my personal favorites.
1. The Rage Guy
Unless you have been living under a rock (a rock without wifi, no less), you will have seen the many Rage Comics that have been created over the years. Someone took the general concept and opened up their own Rage Guy account. Making funny observations and talking about the annoyances of daily life, he manages to hit on points that make us all rage from time to time. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.
Not to be confused with “Offensive Wonka”, this is a great meme for those who have a more sarcastic side. Using a photo of Gene Wilder in his Wonka days, it superimposes various condescending statements over the same image. For example, “Oh, you love Edward Cullen? I am sure he is real, and loves you too.” Harsh, biting and very funny, he is worth a follow.
3. Chuck Norris
The man himself, Chuck Norris. Sporting such gems as “Chuck Norris can reverse the flow of time by performing a roundhouse kick backwards”, it is no wonder this account has more than 200,000 followers. Of course, he actually has more. But the numbers are so high that it caused Twitter to malfunction. Now it only shows how many followers he gained per second.
I make a living over the internet, and love memes. You might have guessed that I have never been a social butterfly or life of the party. As such, I can really relate to some of these posts by Socially Awkward Penguin. Posts like “Has imaginary argument in head. MAKES CORRESPONDING FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AND LOOKS INSANE.” Oh yeah….that is me.
Who doesn’t love a philosophical dinosaur? This is one of the all time most popular memes, and it is no wonder. Usually funny, you get both stupid and surprisingly insightful quotes from this thinking reptile. If you want to see it in your feed, check out this account. There are several under the name, but this is my favorite.
Alright, I know this is technically cheating because he isn’t a traditional “meme” like the others. But I think the Dark Lord definitely deserves a spot on this list. His account is full of Harry Potter jokes, funny puns and more than a few rants about his Twilight hate. Check him out for a real laugh. Just don’t piss him off, and if you hear the word “Avada”, you better run before he finishes his thought.
Do you have a parody Twitter account based on a meme to share? Let us know in the comments!
Jessy is the social media strategist for Dobovo, the free travel tool.
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