UPDATE: Entry deadline extended to Friday, Feb. 21.
St. Paul’s, it’s that time of year again! As many readers remember, last year, the Paper Wolf hosted a competition to see who could make the best SPS Harlem Shake Video. This year, the Paper Wolf will host a competition to see who can create the best SPS meme on campus!
Historically, a meme is an idea or behavior that spreads from person to person within a culture. The word itself has been around for many years, however, the word has come to mean something completely different in today’s internet society.
Many teenagers nowadays consider a meme to be any picture with a caption included. Many memes make a mockery of some epic failure that happened recently or a freeze frame of an embarrassing facial expression; some involve an element from popular culture, like planking or “Tebowing”; while others involve a taking particular image or character and recreating the message over and over with a new caption or other visual element. Some popular memes include “Bad Luck Brian,” “Doge,” “Forever Alone,” and “Challenge Accepted.” However, it is your job to create or recreate your own meme!
The rules are simple:
- Create an original meme. You can use either an existing or brand new image, but the concept must be your own. Basically, photo or cartoon + your words = meme.
- All submissions must be related to St. Paul’s in some way…either the image, the words, or both.
- If the image is of a student or faculty member, you must have their permission to use it.
- No foul language or gestures. Do not submit anything that would be considered offensive. As many teachers say, if you wouldn’t want Brother Ray to see it, then don’t send it.
- All students, staff, and faculty members are eligible to enter. Only one entry per person.
- Lastly, be creative and have fun!
- Submit meme to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Feb. 14.
“Now, Ross, I don’t know how to create a meme. What do I do?” Well, you’re in luck! Thanks to our amazing friends who created the internet, there have been many websites that allow you to create your own meme with a picture that you upload. Not only are there websites, but there are also many apps that you can download on your smartphone that have the same functions. Just search “meme maker” or “meme creator” in the App Store or the Google search bar, and hundreds of available sources will appear, many of which are free!
Once all memes have been submitted, the Paper Wolf staff will narrow them down to the finalists who will then have their memes uploaded to the Paper Wolf Facebook page for public voting. The school community will then vote for their favorites by liking and sharing the memes. The winner will receive bragging rights and a Best Buy gift card! Entries will be due on Friday, February 14. Good luck to all, and may the best creator win!