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Entry from October 11, 2017
“Memes are just inside jokes that the whole internet is a part of”

Memes have frequently been described as the inside jokes of the internet. “Internet terminology a meme is basically a digital inside joke that gets passed from user to user often becoming viral” was posted on Twitter on December 29, 2008.

“Meme ≈ inside jokes” was posted on Twitter on April 14, 2009. “Memes are like inside jokes of the internet” was posted on Twitter on January 1, 2011.

“Memes are just inside jokes that the whole internet is a part of” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on April 20, 2017.


Wikipedia: Meme
A meme (/ˈmiːm/ MEEM) is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture - often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme or meaning represented by the meme. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.

The word is a neologism coined by Richard Dawkins.

Twitter
Todd Williamson‏
@Twilliamson15
Replying to @oswego98
@oswego98 in Internet terminology a meme is basically a digital inside joke that gets passed from user to user often becoming viral smile
2:13 PM - 29 Dec 2008

Twitter
Strabby the Tabby‏
@Strabismus
@FAKELeah Meme ≈ inside jokes. More accurately, memes are like universal inside jokes (an oxymoron). They’re small/short/etc. and funny…
9:00 PM - 14 Apr 2009

Twitter
Dwight Wallace‏
@www365buyingcom
Of Internet Crack and Memetic Mutation | HardestLevel: Memes are like oversized inside-jokes; since the advent .. http://bit.ly/22KwvG
1:19 PM - 8 Oct 2009

Twitter
Kimberly Kaye‏
@Kimberly_Kaye
Look, a meme is just an inside-joke you’ve let too many people in on.
3:31 PM - 21 Dec 2010

Twitter
♡ HONEY BOO ♡‏
@honeybeecos
Memes are like inside jokes of the internet.
11:48 PM - 1 Jan 2011

Twitter
Kevin Hovdestad‏
@lackofrealism
A meme is just an inside joke that everyone is in on. This is distinct from an outside joke (not to be confused with a joke about outside).
10:51 AM - 30 Mar 2011

Twitter
KarmicCycle‏
@KarmicCycle
Memes are like shared inside jokes for Internet enthusiasts.
11:42 PM - 24 May 2011

Twitter
Aaron Clark‏
@aaronftw
Memes are the Internet’s inside jokes.
11:04 PM - 12 Aug 2012

Twitter
c o r e y‏
@cpeezi
Memes are just the inside jokes of the Internet.
12:52 PM - 21 Aug 2012

Reddit—AskReddit
Today, someone at my school said: “Internet memes are like inside jokes for people with no friends.” What other statements of internet culture have resounded with you. (self.AskReddit)
submitted September 7, 2012 by FUBARftw
I personally thought it was fucking hilarious. And then I realized I fell into that category.

Twitter
FAKE NEWS‏
@goovthegide
the best way to describe a meme is just an inside joke with the rest of the internet
9:58 AM - 1 May 2015

Twitter
Ciabatta‏
@LILBH0LE
Memes are just an inside joke shared by the whole world
9:23 AM - 3 Nov 2015

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
a meme is just an inside joke for the internet
submitted February 26, 2016 by imalittleC-3PO

Twitter
Ben Teeney 💀‏
@Benderism_
#Memes are just an inside joke that the entire internet is in on.
8:17 PM - 12 Mar 2016

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
A meme is just an inside joke with a billion people that have never met.
submitted January 27, 2017 by platniumpiano

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
A meme is just an inside joke that a ton of people understand.
submitted April 8, 2017 by ZeDreadPirateRoberto

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Memes are just inside jokes that the whole internet is a part of.
submitted April 20, 2017 by gettodaze

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
A meme is just an inside joke that everybody is in on.
submitted April 20, 2017 by [deleted]

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Memes are an inside joke that the whole internet is part of.
submitted August 2, 2017 by Rioting0nline

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Memes are just an inside joke that the entire internet shares.
submitted October 12, 2017 by TheMATTsterpiece

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