According to Wikipedia, art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author’s imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.
Looking at these two pictures, one can say the same message is being conveyed by both authors. The meme is about happiness. You cannot see this meme and not laugh. The painting also conveys the message of happiness. The man in this painting looks so happy. If the painting is said to be art, the meme should be considered art as well since they both do the same job.
I do not think memes are bad kinds of art. Art is subjective. This means that views on what is good art and bad art vary from individual to individual. Art is about expressing one’s feeling I do not see how that can be judge as being bad or good. I have never seen a meme and not laugh about it. Something that brings joy just like music and literature can not be seen as bad art.
According to Wikipedia, communication is the act of conveying meanings from one entity or group to another through the use of mutually understood signs, symbols, and semiotic rules. I do not see memes as a bad way of communication. As long as we can understand the message behind the meme, it is a good way of communicating just like a language.
Yes memes are forms of self-expression. When I create memes, I create them based on how I feel about things, and what I like. As well as trying to make us laugh, memes also have the ability to identify a common feeling, experience or opinion. How many times have you seen a funny meme and go ‘that is so me’? Memes are all about self-expression. Meme is all about what you like, and how you feel.
Meme is art.