I come from the Internet

Ideas are made "real" on the Internet. Strange, absurd humor evolves from mind to mind, each contributing pieces, chains in a link of creation that if it hits the right nerves, spreads across the world. A meme is born and given life, to survive as long as people keep referencing it. Meme's survive by our devotions. And lo, I give thanks! For example, to that first person who decided to put funny text over some random picture.
He/she must be a Gazzillionaire by now. Royalties, ya know?

Meme's certainly weren't created by the Wondrous Internet, but there they have found a marvelous form - a web on which they can travel the world instantaneously, infecting the minds of millions in minutes, mutating and evolving by the moment.

The Internet is "like" a real space already; with ever evolving technology and the growing use of bio-technology, it's only a matter of time before it's as real as anything, and we as a species live there at least part of the time. Memes in this environment will be telepathic - an Internet in your mind. Think of the Horrors! And the epic LULZ.


l.e.s.ter said...

I poked around a little bit and there doesn't seem to be an obvious answer as to who posted the first captioned "meme" image. Is there such a job as internet historian? Cool gig of the future, I'd imagine.

Redshirt said...

I'm sure some college somewhere offers a course in it. Internet Studies 202 - Sarcasm in the Digital Age