From Meme to Marketing: The Power of Viral Meaning-Creation

  This morning whilst enjoying my leftover steak dinner turned steak omelet (waste not want not) I was also going through the Sunday paper coupons (as is a typical suburban Sunday morning activity - so I have observed). Whilst perusing the pages of discounts for new, necessary hair care products such as jamaican black castor … Continue reading From Meme to Marketing: The Power of Viral Meaning-Creation

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The Harlem Shake: A Conversation About the Sociology of Internet Memes

The sociology of internet memes is absolutely fascinating to me.  Somebody puts something on YouTube that they think is interesting, meaningful or funny but, in most cases, actually skyrockets way above the bounds of ridiculousness.  Sometimes a meme becomes popular because it showcases the extraordinary - but for the most part, it's all about ridiculousness. … Continue reading The Harlem Shake: A Conversation About the Sociology of Internet Memes

Modern-Day Memes

What is this "meme" thing you speak of? According to About.com: "Memes" are cultural symbols and social ideas that spread virally. In the same way that a flu bug travels from person to person, memes travel through social media and email.  Memes are often things of minor consequence: jokes, urban legends, human and animal oddities. … Continue reading Modern-Day Memes