“To Meme or Not to Meme” Analysis

  • Thesis
    • “Internet memes played a role in my depressive spiral.”
      • This really makes the writer’s point clear at the beginning of the paper, and it’s a strong, powerful way to do so
  • Target Audience
    • Basically, anyone who is participating in meme “culture” in any way
    • Gen Z/college students, and a little older/younger as well
  • Ethos
    • The author does a great job of sharing personal experiences, which helps to establish authority and show credibility
    • Also uses many relevant sources which help as well
      • Refers to these sources frequently, while also sharing their own opinion and thoughts
  • Pathos
    • The memes and visual examples within the essay help to give the reader a better idea of what the author is talking about, and also provide something else to look at for a moment besides just words, which is nice
    • By sharing their personal experience(s), the author really does an excellent job of showing and conveying emotion throughout this paper
  • Logos
    • By bringing the paper to a close with the statement “broadening awareness… healthier and happier Gen Z.” is a great way to close this paper, because it makes it obvious that there really is a change that needs to happen regarding memes and depression/sadness
    • The smooth integration of quotations from other works help to provide evidence and reinforce the author’s point but also flow very smoothly into the rest of the paper, which makes it easier to read for everyone else.
  • Kairos
    • With how widespread memes are now, and how frequently Gen Z/college students encounter them, this paper is extremely relevant in today’s society
      • This is especially true when the rates of depression and suicidal thoughts of today’s youth and students are taken into consideration

Being the Truest Version of Myself

On the night of June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, shots rang out. 49 people dead. 53 injured. All innocent members of the LGBTQ community who were just trying to have a fun night at the Pulse Night Club. This type of violence is the news that the media publishes surrounding the community. It is moments like this that make me feel like some people need to take a step back and think about the world for a minute. We all have our differences, and some may be more pronounced than others, or certain people may show off their differences and embrace them, but we are all people on the inside. I love my identity as a Queer person and being a part of the LGBTQ community. My identity and being who I am has not only boosted my self-confidence, but I hope it can also help to inspire others to be their true self as well. Unfortunately, being a part of a minority in today’s modern society means that sometimes, I must face discrimination. While this discrimination is not always directed at me specifically, but rather the community as a whole, it still hurts to watch.

There have been times where I have questioned my identity. Usually, this happens at 1 am and lasts about 5 minutes before I remember how much I love and embrace who I am. But I have occasionally asked myself “why me?” after someone knowingly and intentionally says something hurtful to me or acts out against me. On my car, I have two pride flags on the back window. One night, just 5 minutes from my house, I came back outside to the parking lot from the store, and someone had torn one off, ripped the other in half, and deflated a tire. This was not just someone verbally acting out, this was property damage. So, I put on my spare and drove home, but for the rest of the night, I could not stop wondering what it would have been like if I had not identified the way I do. Would that person have vandalized someone else’s property? Or would they have just gone on their way and never vandalized anything or hurt anyone? It is times like this where I wish that I was “normal”, and “fit in”, whatever that means. But I moved on, and the next day I remembered how happy I am being myself and living my life as the person that I really am, regardless of what other people may think.

By being my true self and living my life day to day as who I really am, I hope to inspire other people to do the same, provided their situation is safe enough to do so. While some people may not be able to live their best life right now, eventually they will be in a better position to express themselves. While there are days where I would rather try and “fit in” with everyone else, I am so inspired by other people living their best life, regardless of what might get thrown at them, and I am so motivated to inspire other people to be their true self, I try and stand out from the crowd, even if It means that I am the odd one out.

Some Random Facts About Myself

Hello, fellow E110-mates! I go by Delphine, and I’m currently an Engineering Undeclared major here at UD! I’ve always been interested in figuring out how things work and taking stuff apart and putting it back together again, so I figured engineering would be a good choice for me. I’ve lived in northern Virginia, just outside of DC, for the past 11.5 years. My family is originally from Michigan, and we moved to DC just before I started 2nd grade. I’m very passionate about technology and cars and have been for most of my life. I also love to spend time outside, and I was on the rock-climbing team at my high school for 3 years. I typically listen to 70s and 80s music, but occasionally there’s a new song that comes out that I can get into. My top three artists are Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, and The Eagles. This is pretty much the basic information you should know about me, and I’m looking forward to getting to know some of you!