Tackling the history of Internet memes is a complicated and slightly overwhelming task. It reminds me of Borges’ “On Exactitude in Science” wherein he describes the map of a territory that becomes as large as the territory itself, defeating the purpose of mapping the territory in the first place. Our case somewhat resembles that story because of the diffusive nature of memes and the many hands that have helped to shape and create them. Also, let’s face it, chronicling the history of image macros is kind of ridiculous in the first place. Still, they are still interesting as small representations of popular culture, and so in this blog I’ll attempt to look at some of the more popular ones without giving anyone reading a headache.
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