Sunday, October 02, 2005

What is a Meme?

We've all done them? We've all played along...but did we actually know what we were playing along with?

From an inspiration based on a poste by VeggieBabe where she asked the question:

"I wish I knew what meme stood for...."

Well here we go because if VeggieBabe is asking then question then millions more must be asking that question as well.

First googgling "MEME" brings up a lot of returns, the first (of course) coming from Wikipedia.

Wikipedia tells us that the word comes from the word "memory" and was first referenced by the author Richard Dawkins in 1976. They basically say that a meme is "a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation." huh?

Further googling brings me to more references to the author and finally I find this gem:

"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."

So basically, a meme is an "idea" that includes information that is transferred from one person to another (via blog posting) and changes based on the recipient.

So that's what a meme is.....pretty boring eh?

1 comment:

captain_howdy_girl said...

why thank you michael.
I've done meme's but I didn't know what it stood for.