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What is a meme? “A

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 07, 2000

What is a meme? “A contagious information pattern that replicates by parasitically infecting human minds and altering their behavior, causing them to propagate the pattern. (Term coined by Dawkins [in The Selfish Gene], by analogy with ‘gene’.) Individual slogans, catch-phrases, melodies, icons, inventions, and fashions are typical memes. An idea or information pattern is not a meme until it causes someone to replicate it, to repeat it to someone else. All transmitted knowledge is memetic.”

Another definition of a meme from the Jargon File.

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