Variations On A Meme: Marriage Equality Enthusiasm

Not to belabor the point on marriage equality, but I am always a fan of meme-watching...especially when you start seeing all the "hacking" that goes into personalizing a meme to make it more meaningful....and even borrowing from other memes to do so. In the case of the marriage equality debate that is happening in the … Continue reading Variations On A Meme: Marriage Equality Enthusiasm

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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