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opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com
A parallel to Popper's three worlds may be found.
memes  dreams  themes  ideas  diffusion  sharing 
december 2015 by tsuomela
Making Light: Familiar With Memes
"The characters in his novels send him fan letters. The New York Times apologized to him that there was no slot on their best-seller list higher than #1. He once wrote a story that consisted of a single sentence—which was serialized in three issues of The Paris Review. When he publishes a hardcover it uses up the entire world paper supply for a month just to print enough copies."
humor  memes  advertising  writing  writers 
june 2013 by tsuomela
The Meme Hustler | Evgeny Morozov | The Baffler
"The enduring emptiness of our technology debates has one main cause, and his name is Tim O’Reilly. The founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, a seemingly omnipotent publisher of technology books and a tireless organizer of trendy conferences, O’Reilly is one of the most influential thinkers in Silicon Valley. Entire fields of thought—from computing to management theory to public administration—have already surrendered to his buzzwordophilia, but O’Reilly keeps pressing on. Over the past fifteen years, he has given us such gems of analytical precision as “open source,” “Web 2.0,” “government as a platform,” and “architecture of participation.” O’Reilly doesn’t coin all of his favorite expressions, but he promotes them with religious zeal and enviable perseverance. While Washington prides itself on Frank Luntz, the Republican strategist who rebranded “global warming” as “climate change” and turned “estate tax” into “death tax,” Silicon Valley has found its own Frank Luntz in Tim O’Reilly. "
silicon-valley  personality  influence  memes  technology  criticism  critique  open-source  from instapaper
april 2013 by tsuomela
You didn’t make the Harlem Shake go viral—corporations did – Quartz
"The advertisers and agencies who spent the week after the Super Bowl looking for the next big thing in social media spent the weekend after the Super Bowl believing they had found it: because of the tweets by Maker and Mad Decent, they started copying the Florida longboarders, doing a two steps removed imitation of George Miller dancing to “Harlem Shake,” believing it to be a pure product of the YouTube community. "
internet  memes  culture  marketing  business  social-media  originality  youtube 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Is It 'Fair' That Baauer Gets The Proceeds From Harlem Shake Videos, Despite Having Little To Do With Meme Popularity? | Techdirt
"As he notes, it's the "first follower who transforms the lone nut into a leader." And then you have the "second follower" which represents a "turning point" in creating a movement. In this case, none of these key aspects had anything to do with Baauer. Yes, the song was there, but there were any number of songs that could have kicked off a similar dance craze. The reason the whole meme happened had to do with those originators, and the first few followers, turning it into a meme. I don't think any of them are complaining. In fact, they all seem (quite reasonably) thrilled that they're suddenly getting tons of attention and millions of hits (and plenty of new followers) for their role in building the meme. "
online  memes  followers  trends  behavior  psychology  copyright  internet  leadership 
march 2013 by tsuomela
The Banality of The New Aesthetic | www.furtherfield.org
"It's a bizarre thing when you stumble upon the "new art movement" filtering through discursive chatter. Is it actually a movement, or is it simply a bunch of like-minded individuals telling me its a movement?

Behold The New Aesthetic then - a new art meme in visual culture whimsically constructed by James Bridle, which manifests itself in a Tumblr blog, a presentation for Web Directions South, Sydney and an original blog post. Recent attention to it has reached feverish proportions coming off the back of a SXSW panel in March and a generally positive endorsement by Bruce Sterling in Wired, plus some group responses on the creators project. More recently, the computational media scholar and philosopher Ian Bogost has posted his own thoughts for The Atlantic."
new-aesthetic  memes  online  culture  art  modern  technology  computers  movement  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
Rebecca Black Means The (Internet) Fame Game Has Changed
"The most fascinating part of the Black story is that she’s actually famous now, which was exactly the reason her parents gave $2,000 to ARK Music Factory in the first place. From Black herself on her unlikely fame, “I think that’s an accomplishment you know, even a person who doesn’t like it, it’s going to be stuck in their head. So that’s the point of it, it’s a catchy song.” Exactly.

Get used to this kind of stuff. As society advances technologically, culture becomes a parody of itself, and we enjoy the parody, intentional or not, more than anything sincere. But what becomes of the Antoine Dobsons and the Rebecca Blacks, our Internet culture folk heroes?"
internet  memes  fame  success  celebrity  culture  industry 
april 2011 by tsuomela
How to tweet bile without alienating people. Or making 13-year-old girls cry | Charlie Brooker | Comment is free | The Guardian
"God knows I enjoy a helping of bile. But only when it's crafted with flair. One of the most disappointing things about the slew of online Rebecca Black abuse is the sheer poverty of language involved. If you are complaining about a banal pop song but can't muster a more inventive way to express yourself than typing "OMFG BITCH YOU SUCK", then you really ought to consider folding your laptop shut and sitting quietly in the corner until that fallow lifespan of yours eventually reaches its conclusion."
internet  behavior  bullying  crowds  groupthink  twitter  fads  memes 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Internet Meme Database | Know Your Meme
Know Your Meme: Documenting Internet phenomena: viral videos, image macros, catchphrases, web celebs and more.
internet  culture  memes  viral  video 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Dr. Susan Blackmore
author and psychologist. Wrote The Meme Machine.
people  philosophy  memes  science  evolution  psychology  culture 
december 2009 by tsuomela
The Strange Ontology of Signs « Larval Subjects .
In experimenting with the idea of treating signs as replicators, I am basically pushing signs in the direction of a reduction to sign-vehicles and semiotic-objects, getting rid of the interpretant that treats the signs as a type over and above instances of the sign
philosophy  objects  speculative-realism  semiotic  signs  replication  memes 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Online ratfucking: theory and method « The Poor Man Institute
We can identify two general methods of online ratfucking: propaganda and sabotage. Propaganda is promoting anti-Republican bullshit to a general audience
politics  tactics  propaganda  ratfucking  memes  sabotage 
august 2008 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Fighting Memetic Emails: Truth Fights Back
Even engaging the network of netroots activists to start forwarding anti-Democratic memetic emails to one central place will at least provide some metric on how prevalent each one is in comparison to others. Right now we're mostly fighting this problem blind. There are a number of email debunking sites like MyRightWingDad and snopes.com, but no one is quantifying the problem.
politics  activism  memes  rumor  online  email 
august 2008 by tsuomela

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