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A meme (pronunciation:miːm) is a way of describing cultural information.

One idea is that culture develops in a way similar to living things. Genes move from one organism to another as a unit of genetic information and of biological evolution.[1] A meme moves from person to person and changes and develops as many people use it.

Biologist and evolutionary theorist Richard Dawkins made the word meme in 1976.[2] He said that tunes, catch-phrases, beliefs, clothing fashions, ways of making pots, and the technology of building arches were all examples of memes.

You can find memes on Instagram. Follow @Lettucescream on Instagram. Another meme account is @_noot_ur_boot_ Memes are considered very "dank." There's are fresh memes, and stale memes. For instance, some examples of stale memes is Grumpy Cat. As much as we love Grumpy Cat, he's a stale meme. There's one fresh meme, the "doggo meme." Doggo, means "dog." A "pupper" is a small dog. A "big ol woofer" is a really big doggo. Relating back to the Instagram accounts, follow them for more types of memes to see more examples. Or, if you don't have Instagram, search "fresh memes."

Examples of memes[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. *Lasn, Kalle (2000) Culture jam. New York: Quill. p.123
  2. Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, 11. Memes:the new replicators, Oxford University, 1976, second edition, December 1989, ISBN 0-19-217773-7; April 1992, ISBN 0-19-857519-X; trade paperback, September 1990, ISBN 0-19-286092-5

Literature[change | change source]

  1. Aunger, Robert: The Electric Meme: A New Theory of How We Think. Free Press, 2002, hardcover ISBN 0-7432-0150-7
  2. Aunger, Robert: Darwinizing culture: the status of memetics as a science. Oxford University Press, 2000, New-York ISBN 0-19-263244-2
  3. Blackmore, Susan: The Meme Machine. Oxford University Press, 1999, hardcover ISBN 0-19-850365-2, trade paperback ISBN 0-9658817-8-4, May 2000, ISBN 0-19-286212-X
  4. Fog, Agner: Cultural Selection. Dordrecht: Kluwer 1999. ISBN 0-7923-5579-2.
  5. Henson, H. Keith: "Sex, Drugs, and Cults. An evolutionary psychology perspective on why and how cult memes get a drug-like hold on people, and what might be done to mitigate the effects", The Human Nature Review 2002 Volume 2: 343-355 [1]
  6. Henson, H. Keith: "Evolutionary Psychology, Memes and the Origin of War."
  7. Lanier, Jaron: "The Ideology of Cybernetic Totalist Intellectuals", an essay which criticises "meme totalists" who assert memes over bodies.
  8. "Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission" Journal of Memetics
  9. Principia Cybernetica holds a lexicon of memetics concepts, comprising a list of different types of memes.
  10. A list of memetics publications on the web

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English Wiktionary
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