Let's be real - memes are the bread and butter of the internet native. If you, like me, live on the internet, you thrive off the spicy, the dank, the culturally skeptical and sarcastic memes. Now, if you don't, you still probably have seen memes you can identify with.
But what are memes?
Well, in layman's terms for internet use, it's an image macro with different text that you use with the same context. You'll need to know at least the context to use a meme "correctly." And if you don't, be prepared to be ridiculed. You don't necessarily have to know the history, but you do have to know its use.
If you want the full rundown of what the hell you're looking at, check out this site. Know Your Meme stores all information you could want as to why it started, what it is, how it's used and such. It even described events that spawn more image macros that also include references to the event.
Besides using photoshop or an image editor to create your dank meme, there's quite a few online resources that allow you to easily create one. There's imgflip, memegenerator, and many more found with a simple google search.
A popular meme from the show, Futurama, created with imgflip
Take the above image for example - it's from the television show Futurama. There are quite a few memes that are from that show. This is the “Why not Zoidberg?” meme. Generally, it states a question in the top line and then the answer on the bottom is always “Why not Zoidberg?"
Besides image macros, memes can just be in the form of sentences and activity. Take this reddit thread for instance. It references this Zoidberg image macro without even using one. There’s even a debate whether Zoidberg has ever said “Why not Zoidberg?” Was it just a fan’s creation or was it in the show and a fan used that? Quite a few times people distort a reality to fit a situation for their own use, so a meme could totally be created this way.
Another meme from Futurama, created with imgflip
This other Zoidberg meme is where he states what the audience would feel in the situation. Most people wouldn’t outright say it, but it humorously puts it in simple terms. The context is another character starts playing an instrument terribly, so he says “your music’s bad and you should feel bad.” Here’s the scene:
Futurama clip from YouTube
And here’s one last example of another character from the show, Fry. The KnowYourMeme article actually states it started a bit different than the form you see here. It's quite simple: top line says "Not sure if X," while the bottom line states "or Y."
Futurama Fry meme, created with imgflip
The actual context in the show just has Fry making a contemplating face, which sort of goes along with the text, but the text was never really stated in the show. It’s another example of someone using an image for their own means and everyone catching on.
The original scene where Fry makes the contemplating face, from YouTube.
I created all these memes with imgflip for the purpose of this blog, but you can find so many online already created. The meme creator websites generally allow you to browse through their entire database and chances are you can already find one that suits your post to make it spicier. Even though you've seen the Futurama sources for the memes, you didn't have to. The first Zoidberg image macro doesn't even have an identifiable source. You could even avoid watching Futurama altogether even.
Now go and be dank.