When you think of internet memes, you probably think of The Simpsons.
But that was all a long time ago, says Andrew Piotrowski, a computer science professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara who researches memes.
As Piotowski tells Newsweek, the term memes first came into common usage during the 1970s and 1980s, when people started using it as a shorthand to describe something.
People used the term to describe memes they thought were funny, which would spread around the internet as a joke, he says.
The internet meme is now a staple of social media, and it has taken off in a big way.
Piotowers has a lot of experience with internet memes.
He’s been studying the phenomenon since 2007, when he co-founded an internet-based research lab at the California Institute of Technology called the Image-Powered Language Lab.
The lab was the brainchild of a former student, John F. Bower, a professor emeritus at the university who died in 2016.
Potsies, or “powdered humor,” was the name of a cartoon Piotower created in the early 1970s, which became the first meme to be widely used in popular culture.
(The original name for the cartoon was The Big Bang Theory.)
“We were trying to figure out if we could do something similar to a traditional cartoon, where you’d have an author who’s writing it and the audience is the people who would be watching it,” Potsys tells Newsweek.
That meant developing a system that could make sense of images and text and make it seem like a natural thing to do.
So they created an interface to make it happen.
And it worked, Potsy says.
People were using it to tell jokes, to make jokes, and to express themselves.
But the first time Potsiers used it in public, he was in jail.
“The first time I came to work, I came in with my lawyer’s badge on, and I had to wear a gag mask,” Piotulses recalls.
“And I came out and I said, ‘I’m sorry, this is the way I do things here, I don’t want to be a nuisance to the staff, I’m sorry.’
I’m not saying that I didn’t understand that I had done something wrong, but I was still in handcuffs.”
The cartoon is still a favorite among Potsians, who have written about it in a blog post.
Pies was also imprisoned for six months for a protest he took part in in front of the state capitol in Sacramento.
His release was contingent on a deal between the state and the cartoonist’s attorney, which involved a promise to keep his cartoon in public view.
Pits was eventually released in March, but he says the gag mask he was wearing didn’t fit in with his sense of humor, and he felt like he was being treated like a criminal.
“It was an amazing thing, the public reaction, the support,” he says, noting that he got hundreds of emails from people, both angry and supportive, thanking him for the gag masks.
“There was a lot going on there,” he recalls. “
Pests was put on the stand during his trial, which lasted six months, and the judge ordered him held in jail for six more months. “
There was a lot going on there,” he recalls.
Pests was put on the stand during his trial, which lasted six months, and the judge ordered him held in jail for six more months.
The judge said that because Potses was in the custody of the US government, he could not talk to the media, nor could he talk to anyone outside of prison about his case.
But Pots is optimistic about his chances in his appeal, and is confident that he’ll get his day in court.
Powers says he’s hoping that the US appeals court will see the case differently, saying that “I think there’s enough of a public interest in the case that the government should have some interest in allowing me to talk to journalists about it.”