January 08, 2010

MEME: a new word for this librarian

Where have I been?

Learned a new word today ~ MEME: An idea or pattern of thought that "replicates" like a virus by being passed along from one thinker to another." http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_M.html (Although there were many wikipedia results in Google, I'm still professionally queasy about quoting wikipedia :D)

Facebook friend Lisa notes: "Memes are all the rage... my brother showed me a TED conference video with a speaker about memes. You can probably Google it. My favorite is the neatly folded point on the end of toilet paper in a hotel room... it communicates to you that it's clean and cared for, when it really may not be. The speaker has a funny segment on it."

Cousin Keoni adds: "Internet memes are an interesting meme. Simple phrases taken out of context ("All your base are belong to us") or paired with pictures (lolcats, pancake bunny) spread from peer to peer faster than most diseases." http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pancake-bunny

You can find out more about memes at http://knowyourmeme.com (although you have to sign up to participate)

Librarians have it GOOD -- learning something new every day is our job! Aren't we lucky?

P. S. Meme rhymes with cream.

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