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Meme culture has become a life-changing trend.

Richard Dawkins, in his book The Selfish Gene, mentions the concept of MEME: A meme is an idea, behaviour, or style that becomes A fad and spreads by means of imitation from person to person within a particular cultural theme.

From Pepe to the distracted boyfriend to Bernie's viral spread, from Bitcoin to Dogecoin to Shiba Coin, Elon Musk has taken the public's thinking to a new high as an opinion leader. Memes are full of our daily life, not only the visual memes but also the memes of thinking mode. He is like a Telegram game, forming countless intricate connections in a mass composed of individuals. But you have no way of tracking how such information gets "wrong" or mutated in the process. The public often overlooks the impact of such memes on society. Manipulation is the change that meme culture and social media have brought to our lives.

Memes have become rampant because of technological supporters. For example, the software facilitation of document dissemination, the simplification of image editing software, and the intelligence of AI generation websites are all making the spreading easier. Imagine if we were still in an age where information was transmitted by word of mouth and print. Can memes still change our lives? The answer is no. Technology and software have indeed brought about the snackification of human entertainment. A great deal of information is produced and circulated wildly for a short period of time and then suddenly disappears, never to be mentioned again. So we drown in thousands of similar images. In this case, The meme culture is a good example of how software choreograph people's life.

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