Saturday, February 05, 2005

What the "H" is a Meme?

I keep seeing the word "meme" pop up in blogs....and I got curious and curiouser...I finally asked Mr. Goggle today...and this is what he had to say:

Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leading from body to body via sperm or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation. If a scientist hears, or reads about, a good idea, he passes it on to his colleagues and students. He mentions it in his articles and his lectures. If the idea catches on, it can be said to propagate itself, spreading from brain to brain.Memes should be regarded as living structures, not just metaphorically but technically. When you plant a fertile meme in my mind, you literally parasitize my brain, turning it into a vehicle for the meme's propagation in just the way that a virus may parasitize the genetic mechanism of a host cell. And this isn't just a way of talking -- the meme for, say, 'belief in life after death' is actually realized physically, millions of times over, as a structure in the nervous systems of people all over the world.

Okay, so...hmmmm ..what is a "meme?"

Do you pronouce it me me? or meam?...but I guess it won't make much difference because I am abviously never going to use it in a sentence.



Lisa said...

I pronounce it "mem", like "men" with an "m" at the end. :) It's just a blog piece where you post questions and your own answers. A good place to start is I do this every Friday.

For this, go to Friday's Feast, copy the questions, post them in a blog entry, include your answers, then go BACK to Friday's Feast and add a comment that your answers are up.

You'll see what I mean when you get there. :)

Special K said...

As far as I know, it's pronounced "meam".

And trust me, you'll use it in a sentence before too long. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure you used it in this entry a few times. ;)

Mary Lou said...

THey are something you put up when you dont have anything to blog about. I hardly EVER copy meme's. There are some blogs that ONLY do them.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm the only one who says it funny then but I pronounce it, "mem-ee". Mr. AP says "me me". *shrug* I dunno, now I've got a complex about it. LOL LOL

It's usually just a set of questions that you answer and pass on to someone else. Or it could be an activity, like taking pictures of certain things. :)

Andie Pandie

Joan said...

Okay, I think I got it...ahhh yes, the questionaires. Got to learn me this blogspeak.