Memes, Enthymemes, and the Reproduction of Ideology

In his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, biologist Richard Dawkins introduced the word “meme” to refer to a hypothetical unit of cultural transmission. The discussion of the meme concept was contained in a single chapter of a book that was otherwise dedicated to genetic transmission, but the idea spread. Over decades, other authors further developed … Continue reading Memes, Enthymemes, and the Reproduction of Ideology

In Medias Res: Chomsky Occupied, lolcats invade aca-meme-ia, the intention economy and more…

Microsoft is opening a research lab in New York City staffed by A-list sociologists, computational scientists, and network theorists among others. The NYC lab recruits bring in mathematical and computation tools that could work magic with existing social media research already underway at Microsoft Research, led by folks like Gen-fluxer danah boyd. "I would say … Continue reading In Medias Res: Chomsky Occupied, lolcats invade aca-meme-ia, the intention economy and more…