Even though memes have existed and evolved for around 25 years, they have taken the internet by storm over the past few years.
According to Richard Dawkins, the man who conceived the term, “meme” basically refers to any behavior, idea, or style that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means, usually imitations.
According to lifewire;
“The majority of modern memes are captioned photos that are intended to be funny, often as a way to publicly ridicule human behavior. Other memes can be videos and verbal expressions. Some memes have heavier and more philosophical content.”
We now have medical memes, memes that depict various medical conditions such as Mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma memes have been around for quite a while and are consistently increasing in popularity especially on social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. They are funny and are now pretty much a large part of our online culture.
The Origin of Mesothelioma Memes
A YouTuber injurylawassociates uploaded a commercial for the Houston Texas attorneys Danziger & Delano in August 29th, 2008. The commercial alerted or rather informed viewers of the availability of compensation for people diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
Here is the meme;
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The Spread of Mesothelioma Memes
Since then, mesothelioma memes became widespread.
On October 25th, 2016, one Redditor posted a meme of a smiling baby boy being held by a woman (probably the mother) and captioned it with a mesothelioma copypasta. The meme attracted a lot of votes and comments.
A Tumblr user on January 4th posted a photoshopped Hollywood sign with a mesothelioma copypasta. In a span of just 48 hours, the meme had garnered more than 8600 notes.
Other popular mesothelioma memes found on the internet include;
- Mesothelioma? You mean a working man’s cancer?
- My name is Doug, I have Mesothelioma….
- Television teaches us nothing wrong. Mesothelioma!
- Huffed Asbestos….
- Do you want Mesothelioma?
- My head is killing me…It must be Mesothelioma!
- Damn video!
- Thine shall be declared….
- Shouting out loud!
Advantages of Mesothelioma Memes
Just like many other memes found on the web, mesothelioma memes have a meaning and benefit many people as a result. Some of the main benefits of mesothelioma memes include;
- They are shareable – you can share them with your loved ones, whether affected or not.
- They focus on providing a solution- in most cases.
- They are funny, clever, and witty.
- They are relatable to the audience
- They are easy to create
- They are easy to consume
- They are familiar