Meme-ing the Movies
Is going viral a compliment…or a curse?
By Jacob T. Swinney | March 19, 2018
If you've ever used the Internet, then chances are you've stumbled across a meme or two. What started out as just funny images has now transformed into a full-fledged phenomenon of clever ways to create and share humor. And like most cultural moments, movies tend to be a big source of inspiration. If you're familiar with memes, there is no doubt you have seen a few that are movie related: "Condescending Wonka", "Conspiracy Keanu", "One does not simply", and the list goes on. But what do these memes do for the actual movies? Do they enhance them? Or are they slowly destroying them? This video essay examines several movie-based memes and discusses the potential pros and cons of movies coexisting within meme culture.