My original post for this week was a brilliant bastion of entertainment and information, but it fell through at the last minute for unknown reasons. So as Jon’s already covered magic this week and I’ve beaten that horse so hard it’s an anti-horse, let’s talk memes. So, what’s a meme?
In what can only be described as hell freezing over, urbandictionary summarises the original definition of the meme pretty well:
1 : an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media)
2 : a pervasive thought or thought pattern that replicates itself via cultural means; a parasitic code, a virus of the mind especially contagious to children and the impressionable
3 : the fundamental unit of information, analogous to the gene in emerging evolutionary theory of culture
4 : in blogspeak, an idea that is spread from blog to blog
5 : an internet information generator, especially of random or contentless information
(Etymology : meme : derived from the Greek mimëma, ‘something imitated’, by Richard Dawkins in 1976)
Unfortunately, the traditional philosophical and logical implications of the “meme” have been taken out back and Old Yellered by the dawn of the internet. For your amusement, I will now present a barrage of literary memes for your enjoyment. Until next week, folks!