Memes: Oh, you have opinions?
As We See It
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 21:08
According to the dictionary, a meme is an idea, behavior, style or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. It acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one person to another. It’s such a boring definition for such a hilarious concept that seeks to distract us all from finishing that paper that should have been started seven days ago, we know.
For the past few months, these hysterical and sometimes offensive little graphics have been creeping up on Facebook, Twitter and, yes, Pinterest. There are now websites that are solely dedicated to archiving everyone’s favorite memes, whether you are a World of Warcraft junkie, JuCo frequenter of the Frat House or an Instagram-snapping hipster, there is a meme out there that will make you laugh/offend you.
On March 19, 2012, something epic happened in Southern Miss history. The “Southern Miss Memes” Facebook page was born, and students rejoiced. Among a sea of other online distractions, USM became blessed with a page to specifically make fun of themselves and their frustrations. (Though we still love you, too, @SoMissProblems)
Less than a month after its creation, the Southern Miss Memes page had 500 “likes”, and four days later it had nearly reached the 800 “likes” mark. Since we’ve been sitting here writing this article, three of you have jumped on the bandwagon and liked the page.
“Oh, you read The Student Printz? You must be so well informed.” Touche, Southern Miss Memes. For some reason, the truth doesn’t hurt though. #hairflip
Naturally, we don’t take ourselves too seriously and became obsessed with Southern Miss Memes. Some of our staff members even think they’re on the Southern Miss Memes staff and create their own and relentlessly publish them to their Facebook pages. Yes, we’re talking about you, Corbin McDavitt. You can’t do everything. #youcantsitwithus
The creators of Southern Miss Memes were very humbled when they messaged us via Facebook. Although they wouldn’t reveal their identity (take notes, @MelissaMcCraw, @KellyPrice), they were quick to tell us how happy they were that their page has obtained so many likes.
“We were surprised it became so popular so fast,” anonymous person said.
So, what have we learned, Southern Miss? If it offends people; it’s hilarious.
Oh, you have complaints about Southern Miss? That puts you in exclusive club called “everyone”. If you haven’t already done so, like Southern Miss Memes on Facebook and #SMTTTyall.