Memes 101: A Crash Course for Parents

Originally published at: https://www.bark.us/blog/memes-101-crash-course-parents/

To define social media memes (pronounced “meems”) simply, they’re internet jokes. A play on the word “gene” (seriously!) memes can be seen as little individual units of online humor. They’re how cultural trends are expressed and shared online. The biology metaphor goes even further — when these trends reach critical mass, we say that they are “viral.” And also like genes, memes can mutate and change over time, allowing for evolution and adaptation to their changing cultural environment. Memes are inside jokes. Memes are endlessly creative. And memes depend on people (and their ingenuity) to spread. What ARE Social Media Memes?…