Internet Memes are now used in ways formerly used in leaflet propaganda. Targeted Internet memes “hack” people’s attention and aid in sewing discord. Memes do this by utilizing classic psychological warfare tactics, such as those used in propaganda via analogue leaflets.
Thanks to his Internet popularity, the child from the “Success Kid” meme made enough money to fund his dad’s kidney transplant.
In 2007, Fatso the cat became famous online as “Keyboard Cat”. Its original form was a video originally made in 1984 by Charlie Schmidt of his cat Fatso seemingly playing a piano (though manipulated by Schmidt off-camera) to a cheery tune.
And back in the pre-Internet days, Shangai the cat was also known for her skills at the keyboard.
Google Trends is now showing that there have been more searches for the keyword ‘memes’ than ‘Jesus’.