Know Your Meme

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Have you wondered how an Internet meme got started. Know Your Meme is a great place to find out about such Web sensations as Keyboard Cat, Epic Beard Man, Three Wolf Moon T-shirts, Leeroy Jenkins, and, of course, Dramatic Chipmunk. Hey, did you know that the chipmunk was actually a prairie dog? Or that the original video footage came from a Japanese TV show called “Hello! Morning”? All the Know Your Meme videos are organized on its Web site, as well as tons of other fun stuff. You can spend hours digging through all the foolishness that makes the Web the great time-waster that it is.

Oh yeah, an Internet meme is an idea that spreads on, yes, the Internet. The origin of the word meme is explained on Wikipedia:

The British scientist Richard Dawkins coined the word “meme” in The Selfish Gene (1976)[1][4] 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.

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In 1991, while I was an intern at the San Francisco Chronicle, I read the book ‘Neuromancer’ by William Gibson. That was my introduction to cyberculture. About two or three years later, I got online. I never became an expert about the Internet, but I was always fascinated about the online world and its possibilities. A lot has happened since then, and I have tried to keep up. The purpose of this blog is to get me in the mix of the conversation about what defines the Web today, what makes it interesting and fun and funny, and what will shape it in the future. I love wacky memes. Here’s one that apparently popped up in the last few days. You can make your own here: