04 April 2011

Love in the Time of Memes

The fact that you're reading this tells me that you already agree with me when I say the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. It's as if someone took those slices of bread, reconnected them with wires so they'd communicate and form a "virtual" loaf of bread, and said to the world, "Let's make sandwiches." And then a million idiots raced to be the first to mash their Bugle©-riddled fingers into a slice of that bread so it could communicate to all the other slices of bread that they had been, in fact, the first person to do just that. And then somehow the whole thing became about Nazis.

All in all, I'd give that little analogy about a "B." And if that analogy was confusing, that's because so is the Internet. Confusing and awesome.


If you're not familiar with how the Internet is confusing and awesome, you're doing it wrong. You have got to get into memes, friend. They explain everything. Allow me to elucidate:

How many memes are there? OVER 9000. FACT.

What does a meme do exactly? IT CAN HAZ CHEEZBURGER. LULZ. FACT.

Can I start my own meme? NO, ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US. FACT.

How do I respond to a meme? 1) DANCE LIKE A FAT LONELY NEW JERSEYAN, 2) TURN DRAMATICALLY LIKE A HAMSTER, 3) SNEEZE ADORABLY LIKE A BABY PANDA, 4) FLY LIKE A SPAGHETTI MONSTER, 5) WITH A LIBERAL INTERPRETATION OF WHAT A VENN DIAGRAM IS, MAKE A VENN DIAGRAM. FACT.

I think I've been PRETTY CLEAR about memes. If you need a "super technical" explanation because you're a "übernerd," here goes: Memetic is a language composed entirely of clichés and idioms. As it originates with so-called "new" media, it could be said that it is composed entirely of "new" clichés and "new" idioms. The Memetic vocabulary expands rapidly, although many terms become archaic rather quickly due to a lack of popular usage. Memetic is unique in communication because the sender never encodes any message and the receiver never decodes any message; rather, the code is the message itself, thus replacing any meaningful communicative connection entirely with synthesized noise.

Ergh. Glad that boring stuff is over. It's so much like thinking, which is exhausting to say the least. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go explain to everyone why they're wrong all of the time. In my earlier analogy, it's like they're using fucking potato bread or something. I mean, OMGWTF is that?

3 comments:

james said...

TL;DR

Poe said...

So, the reference unilaterally refers to the referent without inferring the inherent givenness of a high-level programming and ever present maintenance of language.

..You know, this reminds me of the old library catalogue (run with me here), with the tiny wooden pull-out drawers and brass knobs, and yellowish, frayed, graphittied index cards which pointed you in the direction of the book you needed to do a book report on (but you will only read the summary on the inside jacket). The mimetic portends there to be a direct, immediate relation between the card catalogue (reference) and the book in the stacks (referent); but, alas, we all know that the book is sometimes mistakenly shelved somewhere else, or the catalogue card printed the wrong reference number, or Tim, the school bully obsessed with physical humor, is waiting around the corner of one of the stacks, ready to jump out and twack you in the balls.

T. M. Gagnon said...

James and Poe:

Yes.