The term Internet meme is a neologism used to describe a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet.
Internet memes in a way, are the online version of chain letters. Most are silly and uninteresting. A waste of cyberspace. The blogger Nessa, tagged me on the following Internet Meme and whilst I usually avoid them, this one in particular has an appeal strong enough to compel a response.
The objective is to enter your answer to each question into Google and then choose an image from the first page. Some cheat and swipe an image from any page. Others choose their target based on aesthetic—either what they find ‘pretty’ or ‘beautiful’ and/or what they think others will like with a primary purpose to impress. Whatever their reasons, they are a byproduct of intellectual laziness with a flair of conformity.
I see this meme foremost as a psychological exercise. By sticking to the rules, it necessarily forces specificity on the author, thereby transforming it into an enjoyable logically inductive experience. The images are both ambiguous and highly descriptive. Many of the images in my response contain more than one meaning; specific search criteria and selective scrutiny within the confines of Google search engine.
As an example, I have chosen the first image because I will be 28 on my next birthday, enjoyed the film 28 Weeks Later, and the biohazard sign is one of the symbols for Androgyne. My answers are all contained within the images, accessible for those that can decipher them. It is a two-way psychological mindfuck regardless of whether or not people manage to interpret accurately.
Therein lies the full extent of the allure.
Note: Whatever you choose to believe, I will neither confirm nor deny.
1. The age you will be on your next birthday.
2. A place you’d like to travel to.
3. Your favourite place.
4. Your favourite food.
5. Your favourite pet.
6. Your favourite colour combination.
7. Your favourite piece of clothing.
8. Your favourite TV show.
11. Your first job.
13. A bad habit you have.
14. Your worst fear.
15. What you would like to do before you die.