meme: a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation.)
first off, i would like to point out that in all of my years, have never not once seen a genetically-acquired idea or a value that comes with you coded in DNA. and whether or not patterns of behavior, even — can BE considered an eventuality of BIRTH……….
that one’s out with the jury. (psych industry depends on that theory — but they have been known to fabricate necessities for the sake of industry) fact is, all is action and reaction. to large extents in some cultures, (especially those where “normal” is so extensively valued) all is reaction with little to no action. being “born” with certain ‘reactive principles’ is false, because they build on one another. you touch fire, next day no touch fire. see fire down path …. turn, go other way. you weren’t BORN with turning away from fire. you took in the data, processed it, and developed “behavioral traits.” now, if are more “sensitive” to fire ….? does THAT make an action genetic? no ….. just more probable.
so let’s ditch that “everything that isn’t genetic” part ….. “unit” is a form of measurement.
cultural measurement based upon …….. ?
no, just ANY cultural measurement “passed” along. so is THAT what we USED to call gossip?
would seem BBT sort of hypothesized that, in their episode tracking the growth rate of a “meme.”
THOUGH ….. according to THAT definition, on the show —- a meme is the almost organism-like behavior by group-spread, where cultural acceptance or contributions create an “entity” in the larger sense.
it is not the acceptance so much, as it is the life-like rate of growth — that would characterize a “meme.”
however, i have heard the term used to describe “fads” ….. most notably those which involve taking pictures in certain fashion for the internet. like years ago, it became popular to use a profile picture that was .gif and where you were flipping people off over and over.
but courtesy of “South Park” …. we have the definition of “meme” to be whatever popular pose of the day arises for pictures and most notably that which involves very odd bids for attention.
then today, i see someone describe an “internet postcard” as a “meme.” you know, one of the ones with a picture and a “saying.” they started on myspace years back, mostly for holidays and there were several “monday cards” and the ever-popular “hump-day cards.” now it seems everyone and mother’s uncle creates and posts these ‘sayings’ …. mostly because there are websites cranking them out with code engines. AND most often they have some trackers built-in ……… with psych analysis as to what is pop and gets passed along and exponentializes in growth and potential to reach MORE of an audience.
that information is then sold. but i never thought of them as “memes” ………. or rather, don’t know how to quantify that. because a chain letter is a chain letter is a chain letter. they are not that complicated.
have been using the SAME devices for over a CENTURY now! as in, WTF? pass this along if you LOVE children. pass this along if you believe god LOVES you. give this to 20 of your best friends and SEE how many you get back!
yea ………. watched all that develop first on myspace. (and MY grandmother watched chain letters become the norm through 2 world wars) why do you think the social sites had to serialize all media uploaded, including all links? the fact those type of ‘chains’ haven’t died a natural death is pretty strange.
then you have the ones riding a bandwagon for whatever “issue” of the day or week or month ………. the really clever ones will most certainly get passed along.
i’m just not sure how you can call all that “memes” ……… like the ‘meme’ isn’t the “saying-card” …. or “internet postcard” ……. the meme is the ACTIONS or the RESPONSE by the PERSON to those passed-along cards.
SO ……… here we get an example of CONFUSION, between that which is a CAUSE and that which is an EFFECT. when you name the cause and the effect as ONE, the rain falls and floods the valley. the valley is flooded, therefore it must have rained. NO! NO! bad person! NO! it could have been a river broke its dam upstream ……. or could be someone drilled and hit an underground aquifer.
so COMBINING cause and effect, or creating a LIKE definition for cause and effect ………… IS a way to deny origins. to deny change. to deny ABILITIES for redirection based UPON the specific identification of CAUSE.
i find it interesting.
we are getting one HELL of a storm here. as in …………. talk about rain in a valley! lordy, that last gust was fierce. main point wanted to make with this blog, was that i find the construct of language itself to be an interesting “meme.” and when you watch growth into such hazy-areas of definition, well ……………
imitations for photograph poses
lol ……… all of those are the CAUSE. the effect is the “meme.” should be happy to know that ‘gossip’ is still gossip. 🙂