So the 3 memes I chose were Successful Black Man, Y U NO, and Rebecca Black’s Friday Video.
I chose these memes because they were ones that I have seen before. I actually blogged one of the Successful Black Man memes on my tumblr, and it got the most reblogs of any post I’ve had. It’s funny because it’s almost racist, but instead puts a positive spin on sayings such as I got 99 problems, out of 100 right on my cpa. I’ve seen a lot of funny Y U NO’s on Facebook. This one is entertaining because it mocks an asian accent why asking ridiculous questions. The Rebecca Black video went viral last year. It has over 10 million views of a terrible song with a terrible singer. It became so popular because this poor girl put out a video with confidence and everyone made fun of her. The intended audience was definitely supposed to be mainstream music audience, but instead it caught the attention of people of all ages for the wrong reason.
Meme’s are absolutely a product of fan culture. They are user created and sent around to people by their friends. People can express themselves in them such as Rebecca Black, she was trying to express her creativity but it backfired. In a way it also made her extremely popular. These memes become popular through social media sites such as Facebook and twitter. It’s a part of everyday media because people see these meme’s on their Facebook home page their response is to share it with their friends. It is passed without corporate intention. If I had to pick between the two options, I would say memes rebrand themselves. They are often do not have serious content but instead are just created to entertain their audience. For our project they would be very useful because we are trying to capture the attention of middle school children. What would be better than showing them popular images or videos that they recognize?