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Thursday, October 25, 2018

A common development when dealing with teenagers is the introduction of new memes -- pictures or videos meant to elicit laughter or amusement.

Memes can range from a picture or video that is reused to convey a relatable feeling or funny sentiment different from its original source material. Now that the internet can popularize a meme overnight, it has become very hard to stay up to date with the newest and hottest thing in memedom.

One example of a popular meme is “One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor.” This 2005 meme refers to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the complexity of entering Mordor, home to the trilogy’s villain, Sauron. When used in memeform, it expresses the difficulty of a situation, such as a test: “One Does Not Simply Pass This Test.”

But, according to sophomore Lyla Gonsalves, there are good memes and bad ones.

“A good meme is not so mainstream,” she said.

An example of the "One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor" meme (photo credit: imgflip)

To Gonsalves, originality is the most important aspect of a meme and is what separates a good one from a bad one. When looking for memes, Gonsalves frequents Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube.

Seniors Kaci Yamato and Lyla’s brother, Jacob, also know a lot about this subject as the reigning hoss election Meme King and Queen. According to Yamato, she was elected because she likes “to make people laugh” and is “naturally ‘meme quality.’”

Jacob feels that memes have different levels of quality that are directly tied to their usage.

“Bad ones are the ones that are overused, not unique, or don’t die,” he said. “Those become old and unfunny. Good ones I see usually are short lived or iconic.”  

Memes aren’t just seen on the internet. For Yamato, they even influence how she communicates with her peers.

“Honestly, for me, memes sometimes come up when I’m interacting with people,” she said. “Some of my friends, like Warner (Onuma), use memes in basically every sentence.”

Having taken a closer look into meme’s prevalence in PBA students, it can safely be said that it’s usage varies from student to student. Some students throw out a meme reference every other sentence while others tend to rarely make passing reference to it.

Wherever you fall please be sure to keep calm and meme on.