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Monday, 3 May 2021

The meaning of a "Meme'.

 A meme (/mm/ MEEM)[1][2][3] is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads by means of imitation from person to person within a culture and often carries symbolic meaning representing a particular phenomenon or theme.[4] A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices, that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.[5]

Proponents theorize that memes are a viral phenomenon that may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution.[6] Memes do this through the processes of variationmutationcompetition, and inheritance, each of which influences a meme's reproductive success. Memes spread through the behavior that they generate in their hosts. Memes that propagate less prolifically may become extinct, while others may survive, spread, and (for better or for worse) mutate. Memes that replicate most effectively enjoy more success, and some may replicate effectively even when they prove to be detrimental to the welfare of their hosts.[7]

A field of study called memetics[8] arose in the 1990s to explore the concepts and transmission of memes in terms of an evolutionary model. Criticism from a variety of fronts has challenged the notion that academic study can examine memes empirically. However, developments in neuroimaging may make empirical study possible.[9] Some commentators in the social sciences question the idea that one can meaningfully categorize culture in terms of discrete units, and are especially critical of the biological nature of the theory's underpinnings.[10] Others have argued that this use of the term is the result of a misunderstanding of the original proposal.[11]

The word meme itself is a neologism coined by Richard Dawkins, originating from his 1976 book The Selfish Gene.[12] Dawkins's own position is somewhat ambiguous. He welcomed N. K. Humphrey's suggestion that "memes should be considered as living structures, not just metaphorically"[12] and proposed to regard memes as "physically residing in the brain."[13] Although Dawkins said his original intentions had been simpler, he approved Humphrey's opinion and he endorsed Susan Blackmore's 1999 project to give a scientific theory of memes, complete with predictions and empirical support.[



Saturday, 9 November 2019

Lawn mowing season meme

Eating a Burrito meme

Story telling meme

Back in my day meme

Not a number meme

Don't judge m mum meme

Domino's meme

Vending machine meme

3 boobs meme

Stop by the house meme

When you're single meme

Playing on the phone meme

Eating animal meme

Pulling out doesn't work meme

Married friends meme

Raving about Netflix Show meme

Waiting for pizza meme

Eat more fruit meme

Funny meme: I think she wants me to eat more fruit, bless her heart!

Thursday, 31 October 2019

You little sheets meme

Tiny fart meme

Disobedient memes

I am delicious meme

Time machine meme

Open house meme

Quit your complaining meme

My opinion meme

Other people meme

Bed time meme

I'm a adult meme

WiFi at school meme

French class meme

Halloween is over meme

When it won't go down meme

Google maps meme

Blue balls meme

Late to a meeting meme

Rape game meme

One eye to text meme

Dog at the party meme

Apologising to my co-workers meme