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The blogosphere and memes


I need to learn the Blogoshere language.

The term Blogosphere was first introduced in 1999 as a joke and was reintroduced again in 2002.

In 2007, many still consider the Blogoshere as a joke, however it is now starting to be taken seriously by academics as a gauge of public opinion on many matters.

“Memes” are what really interest me, particularly the concept that they operate in the same way as “genes” and undergo natural selection.

Here is a definition of a “meme” from Wikipedia.

“A meme, (IPA: /mi:m/) as defined within memetic theory, comprises a unit of cultural information, the building block of cultural evolution or diffusion that propagates from one mind to another analogously to the way in which a gene propagates from one organism to another as a unit of genetic information and of biological evolution.[1] Multiple memes may propagate as cooperative groups called memeplexes (meme complexes).”

I’m going to read a bit more about “memes” soon.