Have you ever been out, you’re watching a movie or listening to a song, and you thought to yourself I could do this better? That’s what people are doing every day, every second. Some of them are even making money off of it! It’s one of the building blocks of the internet. Places like YouTube and Reddit are all filled with users generating content. The easiest way to do that would be to start with someone else’s product, and make it better. The phenomenon known as memes are the most basic form of this.
A meme (pronounced meeem, I will not be the reason you are uneducated and make a fool of yourself saying it wrong) is basically an image with text over the top. It turns into a running joke with similar style jokes. Like a Knock Knock joke, only with pictures on the internet. One of the more popular examples are Actual Advice Mallard. A duck that gives advice. People just change out the advice, but use the same format. If you care you can learn more about the Advice Mallard here. More things in that style are here.
This remixing culture is great and gives rise to many peoples creative talents. It’s the basis of the Raspberry Pi. It’s a platform, much like the mallard image on which to start, and with a little creativity, you can go from a credit card sized piece of plastic to a storage managing device.
It’s a pretty sweet deal. Remixing is awesome. Someone else has done some of the hard work, all you have to do is step in at the right time and clean it up.