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The History of the ‘Meme’

We all know what memes are. You know, the funny little pictures and videos? We are like moths as memes are like lamps; memes draw us in.

Over the years, memes have evolved into a massive part of pop culture; they have become engrained in our society and virtual lives. But where did they come from? Let’s start from the beginning.

Earlier this year, a comic from the early 1920s was posted to Twitter, which later stirred controversy if it was possibly the first meme ever.

According to a man by the name of Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, memes are “ideas that spread from brain to brain.” Basically, memes are variations of one original joke or picture, and it pertains to a wide variety of people.

Back to the original meme, many credits this as being the first meme, as it set out the first category of memes: the “Expectations vs. Reality” joke.

Memes are a huge part of pop culture. They tend to revolve around events taking place in society during a specific time. They are ever changing, meaning memes are only relevant for a very short period of time, often a month or two on average. After that month or so, the meme slowly becomes less and less relevant, all the while the emergence of a new meme occurs.

Memes became a huge part of our culture along with the rise of the internet and smart phones. While cell phones have been around since 1973, the rise of “smart phones” began in the early 2000s. Brands like Nokia and Blackberry were among the first smart phones, and were the platform for the emergence of other smart phone companies, including, Samsung, Android, and perhaps most popular of them all, Apple. In 2007, the very first iPhone was introduced to the public, and became known as the “father of all smart phones.” This phone was a computer and a camera in one, all the while being touch screen.

This iPhone revolutionized the way people communicated, and changed pop culture forever. People were able to take photos of themselves, upload them on a social media site, like Facebook and/or Instagram, and share their lives with the world.

The idea of uploading images and words online became easily accessible for everyday people; families can now stay in touch online, friends can share funny pictures and videos to others, and ultimately, the door was opened for everyone to be connected.

While it is hard to track down the very first internet meme, meme trends became prevalent on various social media sites. Some of the most iconic memes of the late 2000s included the Pepe meme, Bad Luck Brian, Doge, and of course, the “But that’s none of my Business” meme.

Over time, variations of memes like these led to the creation of new ones. In the 2010s, memes began to display overlaps in society, as they appear to follow trends and events that are occurring in the world.

Memes may only appear to simply be funny pictures with lots of different captions, however there is a deeper meaning behind memes; they are forms of expression. They are essential to understanding the pop culture of Millennials and Generation Z, as memes are apart of the culture of these generations, and how humor has evolved overtime with the influence of technology and global events. They can be put as inside jokes that relate to everyone, as they connect people together and display the growth of a culture. With that, we can say, “Thank You Memes, Very Cool!”

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Meghan Dulay, Editor-in-Chief of Design

Meghan Dulay is a senior at Durant High School and she is Editor-in-Chief of Design for the PawPrint newspaper. Meghan is part of many other clubs at Durant,...

Dabbour Recommends Tampa’s Best Golf Courses



Rocky Point Golf Club in Tampa Bay

Tampa, Fla.–A golfer has many courses to choose from in Tampa Bay. Golfers can go to courses such as Bay Palms Golf Complex, Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club, Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club, Westchase Golf Club, and Rocky Point Golf Club.

Bay Palms Golf Complex has two 18 hole, par 72 courses and the complex calls it a “golfers paradise.” They also have a variety of foods and they have a golf shop. The Bay Palms Golf Complex has two courses, the north and the south. The complex says the south course is the hardest one to play on and is very challenging. You can also get private lessons at this complex in Tampa.

The Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club offers a golf league and “has a rich landscape.” The Heritage Isles Golf Club considers their course to be “beautiful.” They also offer lessons on the driving range and they also have a pro shop to get your golf gear or equipment from.

The Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club offers an 18-hole Arthur Hills golf course. This country club also offers a heated pool and tennis courts to play on. You can even host different activities and you can even host a wedding there if you’re getting married.

The Westchase Golf Club has a variety of things to do at their club. You can set up a wedding and other bookings. You can also play golf and set you own tee off time when it is available. This golf course and club is known as Tampa’s “friendliest golf course.”

Lastly, the Rocky Point Golf Club opened in 1911. It was used for prisoners during World War Two, at which time the federal government closed the course to golfers. In 1953, the course was reopened and the property was sold over to the City of Tampa for $1. The City of Tampa still owns this course today. You can buy a membership to this course and there is also a grill there to eat at. You can also book a tee time at the course.

If you are looking to golf in Tampa Bay, I highly recommend that you go to one of these courses.

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Jordan Dabbour, Business Manager

Jordan Dabbour is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

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