Which one is funnier? This is the question posed by Professor of Memetic Studies and Chair of Undergraduate Memetic Studies at the Dolphinger Center for Memetic Studies at NYU, Calvin Tran. His theory is that memes, as a literary genre, have a much clearer, more stronger purpose than many are granting them, causing meme communities to stuff them with cluttering details and captions that are on the whole unnecessary.
"Conceptually, a meme is an indivisible artform -- the whole meme is self-sufficient and does not need extraneous captions as is popular to screencap on instagram and tumblr," writes Professor Tran. "The captions are actually not a part of the meme; they simply latch onto the meme like a parasite, not seriously supporting the meme's concept in any integral or structural manner. In fact many times, the captions can stand on their own and simply be a one-liner joke, independent on the accompanying photo."