Take inspiration from an idea you’ve researched, create your own photographic response to an internet meme. This may be something original, or your own interpretation of an existing meme. It might be funny or profound, but it should make people want to look at it and share it.
“I have recently suggested defining an internet meme as a group of digital items that: (a) share common characteristics of content, form, and/or stance; (b) are created with awareness of each other; and (c) are circulated, imitated, and transformed via the internet by multiple users (Shifman, 2013b)”(1)
This is my example of vernacular creativity in the form of stock character macros and reaction photoshop with superimposed text which is a memetic photo of Donald Trump superimposed on The Scream whose original German title is Der Schrei der Natur (The scream of nature) with Hilary Clinton gaining on him with a dark presence behind her.
In a society characterised by self interest … The USA presidential contest:
Definitions in 1. below.
Reaction Photoshops are collections of edited images created in response to a small set of prominent photographs, which may be labeled memetic photos (Shifman, 2013b). Such photos feature politicians
Stock character macros are image macros (images superimposed with text) that refer to a set of stock characters representing stereotypical behaviors (Knuttila, 2012; Milner, 2013). For example, ‘Sheltering Suburban Mom’ is a conservative hypocrite who preaches one thing and practices another, and ‘High Expectations Asian Father’ over-pushes his children to succeed academically (see Figure 3)
Photo fads are staged photos of people who imitate specific positions in various settings. For instance, ‘Planking’ involves lying face down with one’s arms by one’s side in unusual settings, and ‘Heads in Freezers’ involves sticking one’s head in a freezer, alongside the tag 241543903, which enables search optimization