Are Internet Memes Art?


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PBS has a new video channel called the “Idea Channel,” and in their current episode, they discuss the idea of whether we should consider internet memes and “LOL Cats” as art? My first reaction was “of course not,” but when they point out that “people are creating images and sharing them with strangers for the purpose of communicating their personal experiences” – well, I guess that does sound like art to me.

Then let’s take it one step further – they compare the creation of internet memes, where one might utilize popular culture, celebrities, the media, etc., with what Andy Warhol was doing. And when I see the two images below, an anonymously-made internet meme, below left, alongside Andy Warhol’s portrait of Muhammad Ali, below right, then from a visual standpoint, could you really say they are all that different?

Chuck Norris internet meme vs. Andy Warhol portrait of Muhammad Ali

But maybe before you make your own decision, watch the video and get the full story.

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