JTSluggers used to post them all the time in General Talk, 3, 4, 5 years ago, and they really didn't get any response. I thought they were so lame and stupid. Now I think they're hysterical. JTSluggers was a pioneer.thatguy27 wrote:bigh0rt wrote:thatguy27 wrote:So, I get that a meme is a humorous picture with text, but where did the name come from? I'd never heard of it until Hort started posting them left and right (to everyone's delight!).Wikipedia wrote:The word meme is a shortening (modeled on gene) of mimeme (from Ancient Greek μίμημα Greek pronunciation: [míːmɛːma] mīmēma, "something imitated", from μιμεῖσθαι mimeisthai, "to imitate", from μῖμος mimos "mime") and it was coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976) as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. Examples of memes given in the book included melodies, catch-phrases, fashion and the technology of building arches.
Interesting, and thanks for the explanation. When did it become popular to use the term to describe these humorous pictures with text on the internet? There are all sorts of internet phrases that I'm not familiar with. i guess this is just the latest example of such phrases.