What Was The First Viral Internet Meme? The origin of the ooga chaka dancing baby meme
What was the first internet meme? It’s hard to say forcertain, but the dancing baby is definitely one of them. Also known as the ooga chaka baby or the ally mcbeal baby, it was the first meme I myself remember. Let’s look at the history and origin of the meme.
The term “meme” can technically be used for various things, obviously in recent years the term has more often been used to define internet memes. The internet first became widespread in the 90’s, a time when things weren’t documented like they are nowadays but the dancing baby is one of the first viral internet memes. It also happens to be the first meme I knew of myself. Getting popular first through email then becoming very popular when it appeared on the hit television show “Ally McBeal”. At that point the baby was everywhere! Becoming a part of pop culture throughout the remainder of the decade. Showing the world one of the first examples of how the internet can transcend and become a part of the mainstream.
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