The Top 10 Memes of 2011

The year's best viral videos and gags, featuring Rebecca Black, Pepper Spray Cop, Charlie Sheen and more
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Whether silly image macros, viral videos, Twitter hashtags or goofy altered photos, memes have become a major part of contemporary culture. They have the potential to create celebrities, alter the way we speak, and – in many of 2011's best memes – can serve as vehicles for political protest. Here are Rolling Stone's favorite memes of 2011, ranging from WTF silliness to pointed expressions of dissent.

By Matthew Perpetua

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