About Our Project

“Memes not only entertain, they also make claims about our world and how it does, could, and should work.”

~Simone Sessolo

Hello, and welcome to the U of Memes 201 website! This is where we have posted our final projects for our class, Writing 201. Throughout this course, we learned a great deal about memes, image-macro memes in particular. We learned that a meme and an image-macro meme are not necessarily always the same thing. We learned about the many characteristics that are necessary for a meme’s survival in the meme pool and how there are social bonds tied into understanding, posting, and creating memes that are shared on the Internet. We read text written by Mikhail Bakhtin that highlighted the concepts of heteroglossia and the carnivalesque, and that helped further our knowledge of how memes operate. On top of this, one of the running themes of the class was understanding the three primary concepts that construct a successful meme: replication, propagation, and duration. We also learned that a meme falls into at least one of three categories of discourse: forensic discourse (judicial), which deals with the past; epideictic discourse (celebratory), which deals with the present; and deliberative discourse (argumentative), which deals with the future.

Our final projects are based on the communities to which we belong here at the University of Michigan. Each individual student in the class created an original meme that was inspired by his or her (or their) respective community. Examples of some of these communities are Greek Life, Musical Theater, Glee Club, International Students, and more. As a class, we split into groups and workshopped each image-macro meme so that we were all able to accurately display what we intended. Every meme was carefully considered and received critical commentary from each member in our peer review groups. A major consideration of our commentaries was humor, which is a crucial characteristic of successful image-macro memes. Our peer review groups helped us create original memes that are not only funny, but communicate messages that accurately represent the different communities to which we respectively belong here on campus.

With Dr. Simone Sessolo’s guidance, we were able to create this blog, which holds each meme that the students in our class made. Each tile of our blog is representative of a different student and a unique community. We are:

– Molly Ade

– Patricia Bajis

– Matt Davis

– Krysten Dorfman

– Michael Gang

– Chloe Hardin

– Nayeem Huq

– Cara Laskowski

– Tessa Martin

– Dylan Stasack

– Catherine Tseng

– Cindy Wang

– Natalie Wysocki


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