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.
So 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…
More on memes tomorrow.
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