Like any term, the term meme has its own history. It was first used by Professor Richard Dawkins (English ethologist and popularizer of science).
It was used by the author in his book "The Selfish Gene" (1976). The history of memes began with this book. In this book, Dawkins called a meme any "unit of cultural information", which has one property inherent in living organisms, it can "multiply."
The Internet-mem accordingly refers to any information that quickly gained popularity. It can be like a phrase, a picture, and a video and so on. Internet memes can be considered a variety of media viruses.
The very first, which gained great popularity in the Russian segment of the Internet, we can consider the meme "Hello, Bear".
He appeared as a result of the appearance in the creative meme website RussianMemes.org of a slightly tidy picture of John Lury, which was called "Bear Surprise". In the author's version, the bear spoke "Surprise!". In "our" version, he spoke "Hello!". And then it got worse. The bear has turned into the "Bear" and so on. This is the story of the appearance of Bear's meme. Well, and then the Internet was flooded with the most varied characters: trollfaces, facies, Yao Ming, and others.
Today in the network you can find a huge pile of funny pictures with witty inscriptions, and no one takes to say how many online memes there is. Although, the main, most popular, you can still count. Every day new and new ones appear, and the history of the memes is far from its completion.
Here is a brief history of the emergence of such an Internet phenomenon as a mem. Naturally, each individual hero or image has its own personal history, from which you can get acquainted with the expanses of our site.