Did You Meme What You Said or Did You Really Say It?

Meme fontMemes seem to have replaced old fashioned facts in the minds of many people.  Between fake facts, fake news, plain distortions, lies, propaganda, and the ever popular statistics, was Mulder correct?  Is the truth out there? (Ironically that X-Files tagline has become a meme in it’s own right.)

truth is out there

Meme (noun)an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation. –humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

Richard DawkinsAccording to Wikipedia, Richard Dawkins “..first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term meme.”

The Meme concept has spawned a new industry of stars, websites, posters, and even meme generators.  Complex, Thrillist, and even Time have rated the best memes (so far) of 2017. the Chive (which modestly tags itself) as “probably the site in the world” explains 2017 memes

the Chive is the same group that brought us “Keep Calm and Chive On.” It’s derived from the British WWII posters that told its citizens to “Keep Calm and Carry On.”   You can find “Keep Calm and Chive On” aka KCCO on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and posters. Keep Calm and Chive On means roughly to chill out, to hang loose.   People who wear KCCO clothing or bumper stickers may be known as Chivers.

What is your favorite meme?  Join in the conversation about whether you like memes, create memes, or have no interest in memes.

PS The X-files will be returning to Fox for a 10-episode run during the 2017-2018 season.

 

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6 thoughts on “Did You Meme What You Said or Did You Really Say It?”

  1. I’ve never been quite sure what qualifies as a meme. Clearly, it’s something short and — by someone’s definition — pithy, but how widely does it need to spread, and how fast, and by whom? If I have a facebook account and I spam the word “BOOGERS!” to 1000 “friends”, has it become a meme? Or does it need to be passed on by (how many?) a few people before it qualifies? Or is “BOOGERS!” not pithy enough to be a meme, no matter how many people copy it to friends? The examples in your blog post are mildly funny, but are they memes? How would I know? I’ve never seen KCCO before now, so am I clueless or is it a fake meme, an inside joke known to some phantom clique? I wonder who declared it a meme, and on what basis? It’s all rather puzzling.

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  2. I don’t want to say that a meme is like pornography, I can’t define it but I recognize it when I see it. The phrase was used in 1964 by United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart to describe his threshold test for obscenity in Jacobellis v. Ohio.[1][2][3] In explaining why the material at issue in the case was not obscene under the Roth test, and therefore was protected speech that could not be censored, I don’t think that spamming people with the word Boogers is a meme–just snotty. I saw Keep Calm and Chive On when I lived in California. It was on bumper stickers and t-shirts. It might be a coastal or urban thing rather than in the Great Northern Plains. I think that a meme needs to be fresh and a skewed way of looking at something. It also needs to be viral and passed on by lots of different people, Thanks for taking the time to comment on a word many of us are trying to get our minds around.

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