Memes, visual jokes that bring out emotions of laughter and increase dopamine levels, are not new news. They have evolved over the past few decades. However, in the 21st century, they have become part and parcel of our lives.
If we rewind the tapes, the first meme ever came out in 1921 in the columns of the satirical magazine, The Judge. The “Expectation v/s Reality” meme had two pictures. One with the caption “How you think you look with a flashlight” and another with “How you really look.”
However, the first internet meme did not come out till 1996. A dancing baby known as ‘Baby Cha-Cha-Cha’ went viral, mainly to promote new CGI software by Kinetix Character Studio. But memes switched their speed as they entered the 2000s. The first-ever memes that came in the 2000s were from animes. In 2010, an anime called “Fist Of The North Star” gave rise to a new meme called “Omiya Mou Shinderu,” which translated to “You are already dead.” It was a hot pancake in the meme industry.
As we come to the present, thousands of memes are on the Internet. Memes are also specific to age, religion, gender, and race. However, there is a dark side to memes too. Memes featuring people that went viral have destroyed many careers. Even though the future of memes is advanced and hilarious. But, in the light of technology, advancement, and global chaos, memes must not lose their original meaning.