but, do we trust wikipedia?

In an effort to reduce my idiot status, I decided to try to find out what a "meme" is. Here's what I got from Wikipedia:

The term "meme" ([miːm] in the IPA; rhymes with "theme"), coined by Richard Dawkins, first came into popular use with the publication of his book The Selfish Gene in 1976... Dawkins used the term to refer to any cultural entity, for example a song, an idea or a religion which an observer might consider a replicator. He hypothesised that people could view many cultural entities as replicators, generally replicating through exposure to humans, which have evolved as efficient (though not perfect) copiers of information and behaviour. Memes do not always get copied perfectly, and might indeed become refined, combined or otherwise modified with other ideas, resulting in new memes....

Don't we all feel better, now?


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2 comments:

Fraud and Robbery said...

Very cute baby.

Amy Jo said...

Thank you!