How social media memes, palettes of emotions and intuitions, make us who we are

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The power of human imagination is endless, and so is the realm of creativity. With greater access to the internet and social media, more and more people are able to refine and harness their divergent thought patterns these days. These are the basic human senses that help us observe the world around us. And this panoramic observation often leads to the evolution of the funniest visuals or graphics called “memes”.

A meme is like a palette of emotions and intuitions. They work with the idea of ​​playing bad guys, but not sleazy; you can connect with memes as easily as a five-year-old connects with any rough sketch. But what’s the best way to describe it? Should it be called illustration or skill in using concise words with art to connect to the world?

What makes it so easy for us to connect with memes? Is it the play of emotions, the human element that makes us say “Oh my God! This meme is so me?” Most of the time it shows what we as human beings feel, do or think; things that we may not feel comfortable with. express, we have memes to do it for us. Whether it’s happiness, sadness, delight, admiration, relief, calm, confusion, longing, delight or boredom, memes help us vent. Memes are like a vocabulary for your emotions. They offer us a way to channel life’s otherwise repressed hysteria.

Whether in your heart, mind, or soul, it straightens out all the wrinkles. The memes mix a pinch of “sarcasm” with a dash of “humour”. It stimulates your imagination, an exercise that further oils and sharpens your brain. With changing times, reading books has kept us sane and alive all this time. Yet, there’s simply no denying how magnetic the field of art truly is – ‘vast’ and ‘infinite’. Memes are also works of art.

Nevertheless, Richard Dawkins, the man who coined the term ‘meme’ in 1976, must be troubled by its constant mutation: ‘memes’. He used the term to refer to an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. According to the vision theory of genes proposed by Dawkins, genes have the required evolutionary longevity and they pass on their structure intact from one generation to the next. The gene mutation theory finds a parallel in the mutation itself.

Memes are our anxieties in disguise

There’s more to what we call memes. Is it simply the result of human creativity or something more? The damage caused by the pandemic could be irrevocable. Slowly, but steadily, we all take the beating; somewhere we have found new habits or new ways to channel our emotions and anxieties. We enhance their appearance by giving them the art form and presenting them to the world. These are then widely shared and disseminated with a general acceptance of varied human emotions. Sharing memes helps each of us connect even with those who live in the most remote parts of planet Earth, proving that the world is round.

Meanwhile, social media is doing its job of bridging the big generational gap between Gen X and digital natives. Visual arts, memes, and cultural trend reels help even those who feel technically crippled.

It has somewhere also increased the touchpoints that exist between users. When people were confined to their homes during the Covid-19 lockdown, the character and brevity of human creativity and memes kept them sane and uplifted.

In a nutshell, memes tickle our imaginations, satisfy our artistic appetites, in addition to giving us brief moments of giggles and giggles.

(Hina Fatima Khan is a freelance multimedia journalist, who loves writing about social issues, space and world affairs)

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