Thursday, February 21, 2008
What is a Meme?
No not a Mimi a MEME
Wilkapedia describes a Meme as
"A meme (IPA: [mim]), as defined by memetic theory, constitutes a theoretical unit of cultural information, the building block of culture or cultural evolution which spreads through diffusion propagating from one mind to another analogously to the way in which a gene propagates from one organism to another as a unit of genetic information and of biological evolution"
You understood that perfectly right.. You didn't? ....ok so I didn't either at first
I'll explain it
A Meme goes from blog to blog most times its one of those questionnaire things , one person does it and the next does the same only they do it a little differently.
Basically its an idea started by one person that others copy and it grows from their post onto the next one and so on growing or transforming as it goes
Sometimes a meme gets another few people to do the same Meme this spreads it faster
They can be questionnaires
Lists of answers
anything that you "borrow" from someone else is a Meme
If you ask others to do the same thing that's a Meme
If they do it anyway without asking that's a Meme
Memes can be fun and interesting, you can post about yourself or put up your "favourite" thing then go read everyone else's Memes about that same thing
Its like passing on a little part of yourself to the next person
You've possibly done a Meme before and not even known what it was
What have you done that was a Meme?