Lately I’ve read blogs that refer to memes…but gave no real clue as to what a meme is…so I had to look it up…
From the internet: Answers.com
meme (mēm) n.
A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.
An idea which spreads.
and from Wikipedia:
The term “meme” (IPA
: /miːm/, rhyming with “theme”) was coined in 1976 by the biologist Richard Dawkins
to refer to a “unit of cultural information
” which can propagate from one mind to another in a manner analogous to genes
(i.e., the units of genetic
Dawkins said, Examples of memes are tunes, catch-phrases, beliefs, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. A meme, he said, propagates itself as a unit of cultural evolution
in many ways to the behavior of the gene
. Often memes propagate as more-or-less integrated cooperative sets or groups, referred to as memeplexes or meme-complexes
The idea of memes has proved a successful meme in its own right, gaining a degree of penetration into popular culture
which relatively few modern scientific theories achieve.
Proponents of memes suggest that memes evolve
via natural selection
— in a way very similar to Charles Darwin
‘s ideas concerning biological
evolution — on the premise that variation
, and “inheritance” influence their replicative success. For example, while one idea may become extinct
, other ideas will survive, spread and mutate
— for better or for worse — through modification.
Meme-theorists contend that memes most beneficial to their hosts will not necessarily survive; rather, those memes which replicate the most effectively spread best; which allows for the possibility that successful memes might prove detrimental to their hosts.
Blogs: a place for meming…
(is meming a word??)…
(according to “spellcheck” it is not…)