Sunday, August 18, 2013

What's In A Meme?

We see "memes" all over the place now, but what does "meme" really mean?  Well, originally it was a genetic term coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 book, The Selfish Gene.   In genetics it means that one thing imitates another, but is slightly different.  It originates through a repeated mutation.  So, with the advent of Internet Memes, what we have seen is typically a picture with a slogan, and it gets slightly altered and then propagated throughout the Internet, sometimes "virally" (another biological comparison).

My favorite Catholic Meme for today is this one:

Smile!
This is, of course, a "mutation" of the Dos Equis beer commercial.

\Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_meme

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme


2 comments:

  1. Just checking back for any new posts you may have written.
    I’ve been a follower on your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit my blog and follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.

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  2. Hi Stan, I have added your blog as one that I follow. If you have comments or challenges to any of the articles here, please feel free to voice your (respectful) opinion.

    AMDG,
    Scott<<<

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