What is "MEME" ?

Definition 1

an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media)

Definition 2

a pervasive thought or thought pattern that replicates itself via cultural means; a parasitic code, a virus of the mind especially contagious to children and the impressionable

Definition 3

the fundamental unit of information, analogous to the gene in emerging evolutionary theory of culture

  • meme pool (n.) : all memes of a culture or individual
  • memetic (adj.) : relating to memes
  • memetics (n.) : the study of memes

Definition 4

in blogspeak, an idea that is spread from blog to blog

Definition 5

an internet information generator, especially of random or contentless information
(Etymology : meme : derived from the Greek mimëma, 'something imitated', by Richard Dawkins in 1976)