Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cracked on memes

Memes are a brave attempt to end discrimination based on wit, humor or creativity: instead of going to all the trouble of humor, everyone just agrees on what's funny and repeats it. It's like a vast inside joke, except everyone knows it so it's not "inside", and it's not funny so it's not a "joke." It's like the zen of anti-comedy.

Cracked.com

3 comments:

  1. I'm not a huge fan of "memes" and "tagging", but I can take a less cynical view than that and see that meme-tagging is a tribal community building activity. By participating, you publicly announce that you are an insider with a particular community of people on the Internet.

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  2. Keep in mind that Cracked.com is a humor site. Whatever profundity they achieve must be considered a bonus.

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  3. Isn't a meme just a fad that doesn't know it's already a cliche?

    Since LOLCats is 3 steps ahead of the NYT, I now know where to get my news...besides Stewart and Colbert, of course.

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