This week’s CLMOOC Make Cycle 2 task was to create a meme (rhymes with beam). OK, what is a meme? That’s the million dollar question, and it took me a while to finally figure it out, but I think I got the right answer. In it’s most basic form, a meme is a photo with a snappy quote, usually a direct quote from pop culture, a movie, a song, etc., or with one word changed in the phrase. The idea is to make the words take on a different meaning when displayed with the photo, like the one I’ve presented here.
For the dog owners out there, perhaps you can relate to the words from The Police song “Every Breath You Take” since a dog will literally always be watching you, with every breath you take, every move you make, every single day, and every word you say. Sting wrote this song in about a half hour one night (according to Wikipedia), but he had a different idea in his head about its meaning, when he said, “It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn’t realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother surveillance and control.” Of course, Sting’s meaning and mine are totally different, which is the idea of a meme, though his words inspired this meme.
Of course, there are those who would see this meme in a sinister way. It could be Big Brother watching all the time, like Sting mentioned in his comment. It could be taken as a government agency (which shall remain nameless), but which supposedly has a file on everyone, since it is always watching every step you take, every move you make, every single day, and listening to every word you say, but the song lyrics became the catch phrase for my meme. Coming up with a catch phrase is somewhat difficult for me, since I am not a television watcher, so I miss out on the latest crazes in the pop culture world. I rely on the Internet and my Facebook friends to see what everyone is talking about. The latest seems to be about the World Cup games and the latest soccer player who bit another. Several members of the CLMOOC posted their memes with the soccer theme, or with a biting theme. I had to Google the soccer highlights to understand what was happening, which allowed me to understand that particular meme.
As for some of the other memes, well, suffice it to say that I just don’t always get it, but I’m not alone. Judging from the comments of some CLMOOC members, they don’t always get it either. I suppose there will be those who won’t understand my meme, though I tried to make it something that everyone could understand. Evidently not everyone will understand every meme. It’s OK if that happens. Perhaps a meme and its ultimate meaning are directed to a specific audience. Like reading a book, the author’s meaning and what one gets out of it may not necessarily be the same thing. To each his/her own. There are probably more possible ways to view the meme above, and perhaps someone would view it in the way in which I first perceived it, like a dog that is always watching, with baited breath for its human to come home and give it a pat on the head for a tail-wagging response.
To create my meme, I continued to study the CLMOOC members’ memes for a couple of days to try to come up with a unique meme. Once I finally understood what a meme is and had a photo and phrase in mind, I created it in PowerPoint and saved it as a .jpg, since my computer is so old and has next to no storage space for any of the downloads available/required to make memes. The memegenerator.net seems to be a popular site for creating memes from stock photos and adding your text. I would rather make my meme from scratch. I’d rather make it my own.