What are memes?


The Conversation published my Explainer article “What are memes?“ I argued that memes are an important mechanism of meaning that pre-dates the internet but is now central to the the internet’s rising creative comment culture.

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No “fair”, no “share”: The Trans-Pacific Partnership IP Chapter Wordle

On the EFF’s Trans-Pacific Partnership page you can find a link to the leaked TPP draft IP chapter [pdf]. I made the Wordle above from the chapter. You’ll note that the words “fair” and “share”, and other synonyms that might indicate an interest in the free flow of ideas, do not appear in it. On the other […]

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Creativity Versus Copyright: Lessons From The Reddit Zombie Apocalypse

From January 1 – 14, a Reddit user named Vidzilla posted daily images of a zombie pandemic as depicted through screen shots of popular internet services. The lessons we can learn from the “Day” series creative gestalt are an excellent example of why technologists, educators, and the general public should fight for positive rights to fair […]

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