16 November 2008

meme

Since LibraryThing is social computing, one of the interesting things to watch is the connection between libraries. One feature that I'd been enjoying watching as I cataloged my books was the listing of books I shared with one other person. Strangely, in LibraryThing, it's called "You and None Other." Why isn't it called "You and One Other"? Anyway, it seemed to disappear ... until I rediscovered it under the "Memes" tab in "Statistics." I'd maybe heard the word but I probably couldn't use it effectively (and correctly) in a sentence. Going to Wikipedia, I found that it "consists of any idea or behavior that can pass from one person to another by learning or imitation." Also, that the article was perhaps too long and should be broken into more articles. I'm not sure I'd agree that one-on-one shared books represent learned ideas or behaviors, or that we're imitating each other. It is also interesting to me that one could mispronounce it "me-me." And taking this seguing way too far, my favorite drag queen name at the moment is Mimi Imfurst. With any luck, January 20th will bring the full and complete end of the Mimi Imfurst Society.

2 comments:

John said...

for the origin of the meme concept see the following:
The selfish gene / Richard Dawkins.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1989
Second ed.

The first ed. (1976?) does not have the chapter on memes ... it came later.

John said...

oh, i forgot, there is also an interesting TED talk about technology as a replicator:
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/susan_blackmore_on_memes_and_temes.html