Sunday, February 03, 2008

It's All About Meme

Okay, so I just learned an internet word today: Meme. I know, most of you really think I'm archaic and old and stuff for not knowing this, but the irony is that I learned about it from a guy with an Orthodox blog. This dude participates in the ancient, eastern practices of Christianity, and he's just informed me about the newest cultural blip on the radar.

Here's a brief set of definitions...then on to The Meme:
1. A unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.

2. A cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by nongenetic means (as by imitation); "memes are the cultural counterpart of genes".

Or, as defined in the aforementioned blog, Pithless Thoughts:
...a meme (from what I've been told) is kind of like a "flattering nod/chain letter/networking tool/fun thing to get to know people" blogging game. Someone starts something like "Name the last five sauces you've spilled on your shirt in a restaurant, and the relationship to the person you were trying to impress..." and then "tags" other people who have blogs, who are then asked to tag other people, who are then asked to tag their blogging friends.

Pithless Thoughts goes on to announce the particular meme, which I will now disseminate to you, the very sparse reading audience:

1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages). ("No cheating" was added by someone, probably so our inclination to either want to look smart, or humble or literate and peruse our library for an appropriate book that would present a good facade would be avoided).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

You can read Steve's answer Here, then go get a book and answer back on your blog, I guess. Tag, you're it! (whatever that means)

Mine: wow... this is gonna sound pretentious...i probably should have previewed my surroundings before embarking on this experiment. *sigh* Here goes.

From the Jordanville Prayer Book. Pg 123, titled "The Ectenia of Fervent Supplication" (yikes, i don't even know what that means!)
Sentences 5-7:
Deacon: For this holy temple, and for them that with faith, reverence, and the fear of God enter herein, let us pray to the Lord. Choir: Lord have mercy. Deacon: That we may be delivered from all tribulation, wrath, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.

Okay, so there's my first meme. Thanks for along. Thanks Pithless Thoughts for the education and humbling.


Marci said...

Thanks for clearing that up for me. I am archaic and old too because I've been wondering what it means and am too silly to ask. I have a friend who blogs and has Meme Mondays and I just couldn't bring myself to ask what they heck it was all about. Ahh! I am not relieved.

christianmofo said...

Mine is lame.

"He pointed to the leftmost doorway. Ignoring his companion, Simon leaned his head through the doorway. Jeremias, muttering nervously, came up behind."

From The Dragonbone Chair, by Tad Williams. I'm putting it up on, the greatest thing in the universe for voracious readers.

Hey, check out paperbackswap and let me know if I can refer you. I get two free credits if I do!

~Tom K.