Monday, September 17, 2007
Meme? What meme?
Today's word: meme. What the hell is a meme? According to what I've been able to find, Richard Dawkins coined the word meme back in 1976. A meme is "a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation" or "a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation); 'memes are the cultural counterpart of genes.'"
How would we use the word meme? How's this from Jo(e) at a href="http://writingasjoe.blogspot.com/">Writing as Jo(e): "Some of my favourite photo bloggers have been posting pictures of their toothbrushes. Yeah, really. I'm not making it up. I guess it's that time of year when bloggers run out of stuff to photograph. It's a weird meme; I liked the sunflower meme much better."
Okay, everyone, let's use the word meme at least twice today in conversation...
Posted by Peter A. Stinson on Monday, September 17, 2007