Musing on Memes


I’ve recently given thought to memes. Meme comes from the Greek word mīmeîsthai which means to imitate or copy. The word was coined by author, ethologist, and evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins. Referring to the way genes replicate themselves, he attempted to get people thinking how Darwinian principles extend beyond genes. Darwin saw adaptive changes to species based upon their environment. Dawkins’ meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from one person to the next within a culture. It is also about how ideas replicate and evolve. Interesting.

Grumpy_Cat_SXSW_2013_croppedSo I went looking for memes. They’re everywhere. Mostly they’re word of mouth happenings everyone can relate to. Take Grumpy Cat. Tabatha Bundesen of http://www.grumpycats.com/ says that her cat’s permanently grumpy-looking face has to do with feline dwarfism. Add a caption to that and you get this…hipster-grumpy-cat_o_1021618

 

 

 

More on memes tomorrow.

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For 100 days, 002x846qI’ll post a little something from my chosen topic of Words & Quotes of Love. There are 97 more entries to come! Here’s one for today:

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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