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What is a meme?

I’m going to declare “meme” the official word of 2010. It took off in popularity, almost as much as the cultural touchstones the word refers to. It’s a confusing word, because it was intended to mean something entirely different 35 years ago.

Richard Dawkins coined the term in his book “The Selfish Gene” to mean any influential idea that builds itself into a culture. Continue reading