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  • The Reflection Of The Internet Memes By Limor Shifman

    is a meme? One would think that the answer would be simple and easy, after all majority of people think of memes as simple things. They are images that show up regularly on their social media sites and most of the time the response they elicit is laughter. Memes make people laugh and that is their purpose, so surely something with a simple purpose wouldn’t have a complicated nature? Well that’s where Limor Shifman would have to disagree with you. She offers a novel definition of memes: digital content units with common characteristics, created with an awareness of each other, and circulated, imitated, and transformed via the internet by many users. In other words a digital piece of content that spreads quickly over various media platforms and becomes a shared cultural experience. Shifman believes that while internet memes are entertaining, she makes a compelling argument that they (memes) should be taken seriously. Besides a definition of a meme, Shifman has created “memetic dimensions”. These “dimensions” are just ways to investigate the structure of a meme, its meanings and interpretations and they are: content, form and stance. First there is content: the ideas and ideologies conveyed. Second is form: visual/audible dimensions, genre-related patterns. Finally there is stance: the way that addressers positions themselves in relation to the…

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  • Internet Memes In American Society By Richard Dawkins

    People encounter memes in their everyday lives, whether it be on message boards, social media websites, or in conversations with friends and colleagues, memes are an inescapable aspect of American society. The first use of the term “meme” was by Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist and author, who first used the term to describe the spread of cultural information between individuals within a culture. Internet memes, in particular, are used to spread the culture of the internet among…

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  • The Importance Of Internet Memes

    Statista[1] pointed out that 3.5 billion individuals had used internet in 2016, which is nearly half of the global population. Due to the increasing popularity of internet, all sorts of contents can be found and spread across the internet with a press of a button. Internet memes also thrive due to the widely use of internet. However, internet memes can be offensive and normalize cyberbullying if they are misused. According to Schubert[2], "internet memes" are activities, concept, catchphrases or…

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  • The Importance Of Memes In Culture

    communication in today’s culture. What do I meme? The use of the Internet meme has served as a phenomenon that has changed the way people communicate and have had a notable influence on forms of cultural expression. Memes are defined as, “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from one person to another in a culture and often altered in a creative or humorous way (i.e. images, phrases, snapshots, gifs, etc.).” The rise of the meme culture in a fragmented landscape has no doubt exercised…

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  • Black Mirror Analysis

    The advent of modern platforms such as the expansive Internet, that includes social networking and news consumption, along with television viewership and even the use of an app, allows the meme of Waldo to spread rapidly; Waldo evolves into an international phenomenon by the end of the episode. At the close of the show, Waldo is seen across billboards in a Orwellian police state, proving that he has become one of the most powerful memes ever created. According to a passage in our text by Richard…

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  • Meme Concept Of Dawkins

    The Oxford English Dictionary defines the meme as an element of a Culture (taken here in the sense of civilization) can be regarded as transmitted by nongenetic means, especially through imitation. The term meme was first proposed by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene and comes from an association between gene and mimesis. Dawkins also points to a close kinship with the French word same. Memes were presented by Dawkins as replicators, comparable in this respect to genes, but responsible for the…

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  • Clicktivism, By Sebastian Valenzuela

    Halupka, Max. 2014. Clicktivism: A systematic heuristic.Policy & Internet 6 (2): 115-32. Halupka first starts by discussing why clicktivism has come to be viewed as a useless act in political terms. The article argues that online activism is more than just signing online petitions and liking things. Each action is significant in the fight for some sort of political change. Critics of it view it as a way for people to fulfil their moral obligations without actually doing anything but click a…

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  • Examples Of Coherent Identity And Single Voice

    As the single voice influences on people to getting the notion of the clarity of their identities, it influences further more for human beings’ lives. Smith introduces the black community story which is a great example to show the remarkable advantage of taking single voice. She says that “maintained the voice was at the very heart of the thing; fail to keep it real there and you’d never see your Blackness again” (255). Black people need to have strong and unified voice to survive from the…

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  • Human Views In Susan Blackmore's Strange Creatures

    In Susan Blackmore’s “Strange Creatures” she describes the concept of the “memes eye view”. She claims the “memes eye view” is what makes humans different from animals, meaning humans can imitate therefore must be different from animals. As a reader dwells more on the thought of the “memes eye view” they can relate it to life experiences and other works of literature. For example, the “memes eye view” can be seen very clearly in “Bumping into Mr.Ravioli” by Adam Gopnik. In Gopnik’s work he…

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  • Thomas Kuhn's Paradigm: The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions

    is Dawkins’ theory of memes. Dawkins introduces yet another replicator. Genes replicate genetic material, but memes replicate culture (Dawkins 2006, 189.) This non-genetic replicator demonstrates the evolution of communication as an example (Dawkins 2006, 190). In animals, communication evolves and helps their survival. For example, the saddleback birds of New Zealand learned the songs of neighboring bird populations and eventually developed their own songs (Dawkins 2006, 190). In…

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