Memes and Internet
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A meme ( pron.: / ˈ m iː m / ; meem ) [ 1 ] is a term employed in certain theories of culture to refer to "an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture." [ 2 ] A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.
This article is related to the study of self-replicating units of culture, not to be confused with Mimetics . Memetics is a theory of mental content based on an analogy with Darwinian evolution , originating from the popularization of Richard Dawkins ' 1976 book The Selfish Gene . [ 1 ] It purports to be an approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer . The meme , analogous to a gene , was conceived as a "unit of culture" (an idea, belief, pattern of behaviour, etc.) which is "hosted" in one or more individual minds, and which can reproduce itself, thereby jumping from mind to mind.