meme defn

first definition that resonated:

Coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in the 1970’s, the term refers to “a unit of cultural transmission” …. that requires the use of replicators to survive and evolve. Memes propagate by spreading through us – from one host to another, each time adapted, modified, and remixed.

via Ian MacKenzie‘s tedx


from databite 117: Memes to Movements | An Xiao Mina


on hashtags, umbrellas, yellow, peace sign, ..

30 min – if you can control both bodies and minds.. you have a way to control both physical and digital spaces.. t

36 min – spaces (digital and physical) all have a politics and it’s important to understand how memes are engaging w those politics

37 min – we said – great .. the internet is going to increase more voices.. and that’s been true.. but the challenge now is that in these spaces.. w attention economics w how the digital plazas optimize w certain types of expression..  is that the loudest voices are winning..t

begs a mech to listen to every voice.. everyday – ie: tech as it could be

it’s part of this larger shift penny andrews has written about .. is that we’re moving from a world of consensus (we can debate whether there was consensus) but that consensus piece was enabled by broadcast media .. the sense that.. ok .. we all agree on these common things

public consensus always oppresses someone(s)

penny andrews: we had the post war consensus then the neo lib consensus and now we are somewhere else entirely.. what i call a digital dissensus – quick to jump to outrage and fragmented into echo chambers


and they wrote that digital dissensus.. quick to jump to outrage and fragments.. meme culture is central to this

whitney phillips: too much false misleading info, too much harassment/memes.. spreading too quickly w too little oversight.. isn’t incidental to how contemp info systems function.. it’s a function of how they function.. t

perhaps because we’re not hearing all the voices – from a place of curiosity rather than outrage/reaction

in this context.. those with more power.. inevitably are going to win

38 min – not just fragmentation of people.. but of the internet itself..  becoming its own site of contention

39 min – the meme mass is asking a serious question: how can discussion of internet culture be grounded in the specificity of lived experiences..t

revolution of everyday life.. via 2 convers as infra

41 min – from the book – a contest of memes: in a world where *more people have a vehicle by which to express their views, social movements must navigate a world of dissensus.. how they navigate this contention is one of the vital questions of the 21st cent

rather.. how do move beyond *more people.. to all people.. it has to be everyone.. which begs a mech/tech to listen to every voice.. everyday..

as it could be

then.. less negotiating of contentions and more facilitating of curiosities/connections

how we communicate together

2 convers as infra


from nora on voice-change:

28 min – n: there’s been a feeding on the ghost in our culture that wants to eat memes and it’s driving me crazy.. it’s a river of memes out there.. it’s really difficult to get out of the memes.. gathering to gathering.. things that were said before..  ie: collective intelligence.. this notion is already starting to park..ossify.. another one is sensemaking.. both terminology i have use.. i’m just saying heads up..  the context we live in wants to jargon ize things.. when we jargon ize them we don’t look around the corner any more.. you’re not in that improvisational/off-script space anymore

this is why idio-jargon matters so much to our freedom