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(io9)   Where memes really come from   ( divider line
    More: Silly, Roland Barthes, flushing toilets, Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, worldwide web  
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9777 clicks; posted to Main » on 24 Jan 2013 at 2:13 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-24 01:50:14 AM  
5 votes:

The end.
2013-01-24 10:35:21 AM  
1 vote:
Technically memes are created everywhere. There are memes between coworkers, friends, and family members.

Now, if we're talking about Internet Image Memes(tm), those tend to come from places like God-is-a-Taco mentioned. From there they go through a process of becoming more mainstream. The harsher, more racist/sexist, and nerd-referencing ones get pruned out, and the meme is generally streamlined for easier digestion and replication. Then you see a bastardized version of it 10 months later on your Mom's Facebook page.
2013-01-24 10:13:00 AM  
1 vote:
2013-01-24 03:38:19 AM  
1 vote:
2013-01-24 02:47:40 AM  
1 vote:
The internet is pretty much all about "me me me me," so is it any wonder that memes are so f*cking popular?
2013-01-24 02:32:37 AM  
1 vote:
Bah. Genes and memes don't "want" to spread. It's just that the ones better at self perpetuating... self perpetuate better. So we observe only those.
2013-01-24 02:31:08 AM  
1 vote:
You may not like Prof.Dawkins (usually because of his views on religion), but you should include 'The Selfish Gene' on your list of books to read as part of the essential kit for an educated person. it is really that important and anyway damned interesting.
2013-01-24 02:23:09 AM  
1 vote:

AverageAmericanGuy: I worked with Dr. Dawkins. So I am really getting a kick out of most of these replies. Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me.... You don't. I think you just want to make yourself sound smart, when in reality you dont know what you are talking about. This is how bad info gets passed around. If you dont know about the topic....Dont make yourself sound like you do. Cuz some Farkers belive anything they hear.
2013-01-24 02:15:13 AM  
1 vote:

BKITU: /b/

The end.


And definitely not from io9. io9 is where memes go to die.
2013-01-23 09:26:52 PM  
1 vote:
I thought they were created by Thetans and had to be exorcised by writing a big cheque to the Church of Scientology.
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