Memes are habits, skills, songs, stories, or any other kind of information that is copied from person to person.
Henry Jenkins and his colleagues have been doing the 1,2,3 challenge, a sort of literary meme:
- Look up page 123 in the nearest book
- Look for the fifth sentence
- Then post the three sentences that follow that fifth sentence on page 123.
- "But when the private individual and private life entered literature (in the Hellenistic era) these problems inevitably were bound to arise. A contradiction developed between the public nature of the literary form and the private nature of its content. The process of working out private genres began. (M.M. Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination)
- "However, such interpenetration does not necessarily mean that the two are combined. The transparency of blogging, especially when the authors are identified by name, leads to an unusual collapsing of the public and private sphere, a regression to rural life and concentric social circles. The very elements of blogging that make it most valuable - a networked audience, open conversation, low barriers to entry, and transparency - are also most threatening to established strictures of academic behavior." (Alexander Halavais, Scholarly Blogging: Moving toward the visible college, in Uses of Blogs)
There seems to be a theme here...
- "Why can't we just hide?"
"You have an answer for everything."
(Robert Crais, The Watchman)