What exactly is a meme? You probably know the internet-age definition of a meme, or at least you can picture one in your mind, but where did the term originally come from?
Memes were originally defined as content that travels from one person to another, usually changing along the way based upon each person's individual influence. The term was first coined by evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, in 1976, based on the fact that memes travel by way of replication, similar to the way genes are transmitted.
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Before the internet, memes were used to describe a wide range of cultural transmissions like songs, catch phrases or slang, and fashion trends. The number of mediums that could produce a meme were much greater. One of the first memes ever recorded was a piece of graffiti popularized during WWII that read "Kilroy was here." It was a way to show new soldiers that came through a combat zone that their side had been there.