It’s all about meme

meme_definitionMeme is a term that keeps cropping up.

I spend a lot–too much maybe–time surfing blogs and social media like Facebook.   A read about meme’s but had no idea what they were or the definition of a meme.

If you are in the same situation, let me help you.

A meme is:

An idea that, like a gene, can replicate and evolve.

  • A unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.
  • A cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by nongenetic means (as by imitation); “memes are the cultural counterpart of genes”.

From Wikipedia:

A meme is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.

The word meme is a shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme (from Ancient Greek μίμημα , mīmēma, “imitated thing”, from μιμεῖσθαι mimeisthai, “to imitate”, from μῖμος mimos “mime”)[and it was coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976) as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. Examples of memes given in the book included melodies, catch-phrases, fashion, and the technology of building arches.


3 responses to “It’s all about meme

  1. Memes are especially prevalent on the internet. You should do a search on “doge”, or “drunk baby meme”. Some might not be safe for work though.

  2. Sorry, forgot to mention you should post a pic or two of one of these memes. What I meant to suggest, anyway.

  3. Thanks for reading my blog. I haven’t made it to many NCW coffees, but hope to see you at one in the new year.