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When did the word "meme" suddenly come into parlance and subsequent overuse?

I first saw it on DL months ago, had to look it up. Now I see it here all the time and in printed magazines, blogs, etc.

This once happened to vetted, disingenuous, ginned, and few more words. Don't get me wrong, I love expanding my vocab, but did you see this coming? Is it new?

by Miss Marplereply 3807/05/2013

It's been around for several decades, dear.

by Miss Marplereply 207/03/2013

The word meme is just one big internet meme.

by Miss Marplereply 307/03/2013

Who the fuck is Susan Blackmore and why is she saying all of these terrible things about me?

by Miss Marplereply 407/03/2013

Is this a thread for e*dergays?

by Miss Marplereply 507/03/2013

"Vetted" bothers me more.

by Miss Marplereply 607/03/2013

It was coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976. Not a new idea at all, though it is overused.

by Miss Marplereply 707/03/2013

For anyone paying attention to politics, it's been common parlance for at least a decade. I can assure you practically everyone clicked on this thread expecting it to be ancient. Are you posting from under a rock?

by Miss Marplereply 807/03/2013

R8, I assure you I do not live beneath a rock, now go fuck yourself to death in a hot grease fire.

by Miss Marplereply 907/03/2013

r5, why would this be a thread for e*dergays? We know what meme means, we read the original _Selfish Gene_ when it came out and introduced the concept, and we know how to do our own research when something escapes us.

This thread is for you youngsters, an example of your ignorance, and, I hope, something that will help fill in all those cultural gaps you seem to be so proud of.

by Miss Marplereply 1007/03/2013

All of you bitches are going to be e*dergays one day.

And it happens faster than you realize.

by Miss Marplereply 1107/03/2013

Ahem...this is OP. I think we are off topic.

by Miss Marplereply 1207/03/2013

A meme is an idea, behaviour or phrase that survives over a number of years and replicates itself within a culture. A culture then becomes the sum total of its memes.

The question is why do certain memes survive and replicate? You might think it is because these are the ideas and behaviours that are best for a culture or that insure a culture's survival, but this is not always so. Dawkins idea was that memes behave like genes in the sense that they seek first and foremost to replicate themselves. So the ideas and behaviours that survive don't necessary survive because they are the "best" for a culture. They survive because they are strong replicators. Like genes, memes can mutuate over time and actually become destructive. Humans over time can, in effect, become slaves to a meme; working against their own self interests in the interest of the meme's survival.

Susan Blackmore is a philosopher who has taken this line of thinking one step further suggesting that we now have a third "replicator" in our midst-temes. Temes are, in essence, technology's genes. In a sense, machines are gathering the means to evolve without us-by the usual evolutionary means of copying, varying and selecting information. So in other words, Hal is here. We are in the process of becoming enslaved to technology rather than having technology work for us. She's way out there and her thinking is still somewhat unformed, but I think she's onto something.

As for the overuse of the word meme in the media, it does bother me. People keep using it when they really mean "catch phrase". A catch phrase can become a meme but not all of them do. I think it bothers me because it feels like the media caught onto this concept in a sort of gleeful way, as if to make it a light concept when in fact it isn't.

by Miss Marplereply 1307/03/2013

I've seen 'meme' in common use on the internet since 1998.

by Miss Marplereply 1407/03/2013

You lost your argument at "parlance".

by Miss Marplereply 1507/03/2013

How do you pronounce it?

"Meem"? "Mame"? "Mim"?

by Miss Marplereply 1607/03/2013

It's better than that "meta" horseshit that has arisen recently.

Still don't know what the fuck that one means exactly.

by Miss Marplereply 1707/03/2013

OP is posting from 2004, under his rock that doesn't have wifi.

by Miss Marplereply 1807/03/2013

Unless you're in line to deliver a cloying TED presentation, or write a college essay, another word almost always works better (in every way.)

by Miss Marplereply 1907/03/2013

Miss Marple wouldn't ask, OP. She would observe and conclude.

by Miss Marplereply 2007/03/2013

If you first saw the word meme on DL months ago then you are very old and DL takes up 99% of your Internet usage. The other 1% is probably porn.

by Miss Marplereply 2107/03/2013

[quote] If you first saw the word meme on DL months ago then you are very old and DL takes up 99% of your Internet usage.

Or perhaps OP eschews internet sites that truck in trendy, self-important babel?

by Miss Marplereply 2207/03/2013

Etymology

Coined by Richard Dawkins, 1976 in the book, The Selfish Gene. Modelled after gene, from Ancient Greek μίμημα (mimema, “imitation, copy”), influenced by memory and French même (“same”). Pronunciation

by Miss Marplereply 2407/03/2013

Etymology

Coined by Richard Dawkins, 1976 in the book, The Selfish Gene. Modelled after gene, from Ancient Greek μίμημα (mimema, “imitation, copy”), influenced by memory and French même (“same”). Pronunciation

by Miss Marplereply 2507/03/2013

R25 see R24 see R13 see R7.

(Alternatively, just repost R24 yet again in two minutes.)

by Miss Marplereply 2607/03/2013

[quote]It's better than that "meta" horseshit that has arisen recently.

Bless your heart... they didn't cover meta at Devry?

by Miss Marplereply 2707/03/2013

R27 -- weren't you that fat ass who sat next to me in remedial English?

H-e-y, how's your momma and them?

Did you ever get your car back from the police impound lot?

by Miss Marplereply 2807/03/2013

For R16

by Miss Marplereply 2907/03/2013

[quote]Or perhaps OP eschews internet sites that truck in trendy, self-important babel?

So you're really old, too. Got it.

by Miss Marplereply 3007/03/2013

The twentysomethings know all about memes, R10. Don't delude yourself into thinking that this thread is anything more than a 'Get off my lawn!' last gasp of fortysomething outrage.

by Miss Marplereply 3107/03/2013

Actually R1 it applies to pretty much everything on the Internet, so it's actually hard to misuse. I've studied memetics for years. Fascinating subject.

by Miss Marplereply 3207/03/2013

Meme people suck!

by Miss Marplereply 3307/03/2013

I told my mother, Shepard Smith is gay. She said, "Don't be silly, dear, of course, he's not gay."

Then, she said, "I like Bill Hemmer, too. He seems like such a wholesome young man."

I told her, he's gay. She said "Oh you, every nice looking man is not gay, dear."

by Miss Marplereply 3407/03/2013

he knows what it is

by Miss Marplereply 3507/03/2013

R17=Retardo Montalban

by Miss Marplereply 3607/03/2013

This is OP again. I've have placed a curse against all of your houses. I giant will fall from a beanstalk and its gonna be boom-squish for all of you, your partners, your adopted rug rats, and any of your friends named Cheryl or Julie.

I hope you all come down with anal warts because you are all a deserving lot.

Now go away. Seriously. Go away.

by Miss Marplereply 3707/04/2013

R7, was Richard Dawkins the guy who hosted Family Feud?

by Miss Marplereply 3807/05/2013
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