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Genes, Memes and Temes: Paradoxes in Meme-Theory and the Dangers of Memes

In March 2012 the animated sitcom South Park aired an episode featuring the potential dangers of memes. Its message: it is impossible to keep up with the latest memes and those who choose to imitat…
[...] Back then Dawkins compared the spread and replication of cultural ideas with the biological fashion in which genes reproduce themselves – hence the name ‘meme’. A meme can consist of varying forms of cultural transmission, ranging from melodies to catchphrases, fashion styles and technologies. He theorized that many cultural productions are constantly replicated throughout society and envisioned that ideas have the ability to spread like a computer virus, slowly infecting everyone on their path. Consequently the most characteristic premise of the meme is imitation. Quelle: Genes, Memes and Temes: Paradoxes in Meme-Theory and the Dangers of Memes
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