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Could combining 2 memes be in itself a meme?

Last posted Nov 02, 2009 at 11:25PM EST. Added Nov 01, 2009 at 09:00PM EST
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We’ve used the term metameme to refer to that kind of thing, but that’s not very accurate. Instead, we usually call them memebrids or just meme hybrids.

A metameme is more accurate to refer to a meme about a meme. “Milhouse is not a meme” is a metameme.
I can’t think of any other meme about memes off the top of my head.

But there are a ton of iterations of other memes that are meta.

Meta Yo Dawg:

Meta Advice Yo Dawg Memebrid:

Meta Kanye Yo Dawg Memebrid

Meta Mudkip Kanye Yo Dawg Memebrid:

Kanye Yo Dawg Memebrid that is NOT META:

This meme-within-a-meme effect (mise en abyme in literature) used to happen after a meme had been oldmeme for a while, as a way of reinventing it for some renewed humor. But, it seems like its becoming more and more common to do with any meme, old or new.

Placing a meme within itself is more reminiscent of the Droste Effect, and probably deserves a separate distinction.

Also, it might be worth noting that there are two ways that a meme can work in tandem with another meme. Some memes (like Yo, Dawg or Two Weiners) are very conducive to accepting other memes. Yet, others (Verbose, Sparta, Kanye) are more suited towards invading other memes. Very few can do both well.


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