I thought of this initially as a joke, but then started pondering it more - are meme’s the next step in media evolution?
When it comes to all other forms of media, be it TV, movies, video games, paintings, books etc, they all hold certain characteristics:
- They are art
- Their potential ranges from the silly to poignant
- They represent a group or individual’s expression
- They take past forms of media and shape them into something new
To me, the pathway through which recent media has evolved from images to moving images to interactive images (at a very basic level). Memes sit at another level - they are static images, taken by a user and manipulated, then added to the larger conversation around the meme. They are images, yet they are interactive. They are personal, yet public. They are one thing, but the are many. They have an original creation point, but then evolve as time goes on. We consume them as we do other media, then move on.
…Man, I need to go to bed