meme (click here to hear how it’s pronounced, as per dictionary.com)
a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way
Memes, when used in a serious debate or discussion on the Internet, can be very irritating. I can’t tell you how many times I just want to scream when, after having spent time formulating a clear, articulate, and precise response to something I’ve read online, someone else in the discussion posts a meme as a response:
On the other hand, I believe memes can be terrific conversation starters. Take the first meme I posted for example. In all honesty, which sign do you think would be more effective in preventing mass shootings at schools?
Or this meme:
Do people who support the notion of posting “Gun-Free Zone” signs in places really believe that a person who has already decided to kill multiple people, having gathered all the necessary weapons and ammunition, is going to have his mind changed by a sign when he arrives at the scene? I suppose there is a remote possibility it could happen, but I think it is very, very unlikely. What are your thoughts?
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