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The Pre-Memebrian era

 
What are Memes?
About Pre-Memes:

Memes are an idea portrayed by a means of video, footage, or images. Most often used in today’s culture, yet it is not only limited by today’s culture. A meme was/is anything- any idea that is. For example, a religious portrait of jesus is an example of a meme. In the 2000’s era however- with the boom of the internet, most memes were images that conveyed satirical, ironic, and/or actual meaning. Most memes back then were much different from those of today’s; being either simplistic or less tongue-in-cheek and more straightforward. Many people caught on to this phenomenon, over time, with 4chan making the majority of the (actually good) memes. Over time, with people being introduced more and more into the internet, memes grew fast -yet not as fast as the memes of today-, being able to survive a couple months or even years, without getting annoying or too repetitive.

Pre-memes (or more appropriately, the Pre-Memebrian era) are those memes from 2000-2010. Before YouTube, facebook, and even 4Chan, memes were spread via email and animation hosting sites such as Newgrounds and Funnyjunk. Pre-memes were mainly used for jokes and entertainment purposes, spread just to have a good-times sake. Pre-memes spread around more and more quickly with the introduction to 4Chan, and eventually to YouTube, then finally with the introduction of social media such as Twitter and Facebook (oh yeah also MySpace). A main example of Pre-memes were all the animations spread around the Web, which made people such as Egoraptor famous. Eventually, memes grew more and more until 2010 marked the end of the 2000’s, and started the Meme-brian era- when Facebook and other social media networks took over the world, alongside newer, more advanced memes. They may be dead (and god forbid if you post a pre-meme in today’s era, ironically or un-ironically, get ready to have reddit and 4Chan users to breathe really hard and ridicule you- i’m serious man, they don’t like “dead” memes being ever brought back).

In memory, of the Pre-memebrian era.

Couple of "Memes" back then:
RRRRIIIICCKKK RRROOOLLLLLL(or just rick Roll)

The most trollish way to decieve anyone on the internet was to link someone a “special/cool video” that you found surfing through the web and watch them endue with comical rage. This was a music video that was made popular by 4Chan (of course- who else would it be) in which people would prank other people via linking them a disguised hyperlink in which would show the music video: “Never Gonna Give You Up” by rick Astley. This was made popular on 4Chan on the /v/ (vidya) board in 2007 and, although  the use of this has pretty much died out, that didn’t stop the eventual 2018 April Fools “Ultimate prize” to be the unsuspecting classic prank.

Demotivational posters

Demotivational posters were inspired by motivational posters one would see in an office. Then, the internet would proceed to say: “hey, let’s ruin this and make it into something else” in which demotivational posters were born. These pictures would display into exactly what it sounds like: a dumb situations in which people would get ridiculed for. Funny enough, this meme would eventually evolve into the “Image macros” meme.

Longcat (LOLcats)

Much like the Image macros, these pictures would often consist of a cute kittens that would be used as a reactionary image. Most of the pictures would consist of some sort of broken, cutesy english and a goofy picture of a cat.

Chuck Norris

It’s Chuck Norris. Everyone loved him. Everyone thought he was able to do even the most ridiculous of things. It was cool for a while. But it got repetitive.

………….Yeah that's it. Although I will admit, some of them did get a bit creative and witty.

Image macros (or top text bottom text memes)

The classic “memes” that many (old) people would refer to (I can’t believe teachers think this is what memes today look like); often shared nowadays by facebook moms and/or anyone stuck in 2007. These image macros would spread like a wildfire in the internet, due to how easy they are to make and generally how straightforward they are.

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