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February 19th, 2004
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The latest meme is worthwhile.


      

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From:ex_etana70
Date:February 19th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC)
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stupid question from the lj novice... what's a "meme"?
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From:mrputter
Date:February 19th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)

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The Jargon File has as good an explanation as any...

(Note that by no means is it a term restricted to LJ.)
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From:hsifyppah
Date:February 20th, 2004 01:09 am (UTC)

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yuck, the jargon file has an awful, incomprehensible definition. I think "cultural virus" about sums it up.
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From:dubaiwalla
Date:February 20th, 2004 03:29 am (UTC)

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Always remember: m-w dot com is your friend.
From:reluctance
Date:February 20th, 2004 01:34 am (UTC)

what's a "meme"?

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Something that people start talking about because people are talking about it: self-replicating idea.
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From:frandroid
Date:February 22nd, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC)
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The definitions here are good, but I want to add to that.
(My personal definition of meme is that it's "a popular idea". Did that really need its own word?)

Adbusters uses the idea of "meme" a lot, they really embraced it.

The funny thing though is that the inventor of the term is Richard Dawkins. Dawkins was a sociobiologist, but when the term got a bad rap for being almost fascist, they turned around and rechristened it "evolutionary psychology". A lot of it has to look at current psychology and try to speculate was evolutionary pressures drove us to develop certain traits and stuff.

Anyway, Dawkins believes that everything is driven by our genes using our bodies to replicate, and that culture and history do not exist; they are simply illusions to make us do what we should Really Be Doing. Memes appear in there as viruses getting in the way things should be.
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