Of all the oddities modern communication could produce, one of the most profound is the ability to combine verbal and visual communication styles. Expression through sequences of both words and pictures, in most cases memes that combine multiple associations in one image, enables us to transmit inherent context to a broad-based audience. Now, listeners/viewers have a clearer understanding of meaning without necessarily knowing the intrinsic motivations or deep-seating causes behind any thought.
While this style typically feels “broken,” or at least grammatically improper, it carries far greater weight than either element on its own power. Additionally, flexible meaning now exists. Many images, especially those arising from pop culture, can be adapted to a number of situations and implications. This results in an expressive challenge to each recipient of each message: Do better. Modern culture is now not only challenged with creating new content, it is also tasked with finding new ways to make said content relevant across potentially innumerable contexts.