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On Memes

28. January 2009

If you are sent this meme, please pretend you have 10, 13, 16, 20, 25 things to say about yourself that anyone would care about. Then ask a lot of people to do the same.

Why do we do this?
Is it for voyeuristic reasons? Exhibitionist in nature? Did we forget how to share in a normal way and want to establish a connection by telling others about ourselves and hoping they will tell us about them?

Memes have been around for a long time. They didn’t just pop up with the internet, of course, but it’s made it easier to share trivia with acquaintances and complete strangers all around the world.

By choosing what to reveal and what to gloss over, we recreate ourselves, put us in a light that is most favourable to those we want to address. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love a good meme as much as the next person, and I’ve always been in love with questionaires of all kind. I love being asked my opinion, and I love talking about myself in writing.

There’s just something funny about memes, don’t you think? In fact, there’s a long history of memes. Some succeed, some don’t. Why is that?

I mean, some of them are pretty obnoxious. In fact, someone made a list of the nine most obnoxious ones. How many of them have you passed on?
Wait, maybe they’re not the worst, but some of the best

So next time someone asks you to tell them your 7 favourite all kinds of things, share. Just be careful when you video yourself, or you yourself could turn into the next big meme.

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