Memes and mimeograph machinesMonday, May 09, 2011
The speed at which information comes our way is increasing daily. New terminology, buzz words, and catch phrases crop up faster than dandel...
The speed at which information comes our way is increasing daily. New terminology, buzz words, and catch phrases crop up faster than dandelions in springtime. Having to ask someone what these words mean can be humiliating, especially if the only person who knows is (a) at least a full generation younger than you, and/or (b) your child, student, or someone who still needs a babysitter.
So in an effort to keep up, from time to time I'll post one of these newfangled words and its meaning, that we might all be better educated, able to interpret what we read, and less likely to embarrass ourselves through misinterpretation.
You may have seen this word in reference to a YouTube video that "goes viral" or a new trend in business or entertainment. The word itself is taken from the ancient Greek word mimeme, meaning something imitated or copied.
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Remember the girl who came to school one day with a bandanna tied around her thigh for no apparent reason? And the next day two more kids sported thigh-tied bandannas? Or the guy who sported a safety pin earring one Monday, and by Friday afternoon a half-dozen other kids had safety pins in their ears, too? If you can think of an example like that, you've probably witnessed the birth of a meme.
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Know Your Meme is a website dedicated to tracking current Internet memes. It's a good place to find a laugh or two, most days. It's also a way to stay somewhat current. No one wants to be the friend who posts the "dancing baby" video on Facebook and comments,