Students Make Memes

Today in the Web 2.0 class I teach, we discussed participatory culture and collaboration. As part of the broader discussion, I also talked about how internet memes are part of a collaborative participatory culture. We initially generated a list of pre-internet memes such as prank calls, ding dong ditch, parlor games, knock-knock jokes,
“Wasssssup”, “Got Milk?/Got ______?”, folk culture, etc.

Next, drawing from Patrick Davison’s chapter “The Language of Internet Memes”, students identified what makes internet memes different from purely offline memes. In accordance with the readings, the class decided internet memes are easily replicated, spread quickly, collaborative,  often critique popular culture, and contribute to the distribution of culture – hence, they are part of (online & offline) participatory culture. Memes provide an easy low barrier way for individuals to create, share, contribute, collaborate, distribute, and participate in content creation and sharing.

So, that being said, I of course had my undergrads create memes in class today. They used KnowYourMeme and QuickMeme to search the origin of memes and then create their own. I found their memes to  be really creative and fun, especially the ones that reference UNT and RTVF (our university and department). So, to brag on my students a bit, I’m sharing the memes they created in about 20 minutes while working together in pairs (some teams made more than one). Enjoy!

My personal favorite (you know, since I had RTVF students make memes in class ha)



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