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Makes a Meme Instead: A Concise History of Internet Memes
New Media Studies Magazine (2013)
  • Linda K. Börzsei, Utrecht University
The aim of this research paper is to investigate the ontology and history of the Internet meme (a piece of content spreading online from user to user and changing along the way) from the 1980s to the early 2010s. After looking at the question of defining the Internet meme, I will analyse the evolution of the phenomenon from social, cultural and technological perspectives, such as chaos theory, the new aesthetics, generative systems, as well as trace the origins of certain elements of the Internet memes from a media-archaeological aspect.
  • meme,
  • internet meme,
  • internet humour,
  • digital culture,
  • media archeology,
  • new aesthetics
Publication Date
March, 2013
Citation Information
Linda K. Börzsei. "Makes a Meme Instead: A Concise History of Internet Memes" New Media Studies Magazine Iss. 7 (2013)
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