WTF are Memes Anyway?

I’m not even sure what this is below. At this point too, I am wondering what exactly memes are. Are memes anything new?

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Physically,

The computer-generated drawing above is AfD Chan, an unofficial Anime-like mascot for the party Alternative for Deutschland. The AfD uses a Nike-like “Swoosh” with an arrow as its logo. AfD Chan is sporting that logo in her hair. Some people say that the Swoosh and that stylized arc is an occult and or ancient symbol for Saturn for some reason. Though I couldn’t say if the AfD is signaling to Saturn somehow or someway. It could also signal victor in a more contemporary sense. Whether the AfD’s “Swoosh” was picked for some occult or another symbolic purpose, I know not. It is however recognizable and memorable. That is important. It seems like it should help get the attention of Gen X and younger. I think for the AfD to get people to vote AfD, they have t do a lot more.

Also in the picture is an odd version of Pepe the Frog. I’m not exactly sure what the two characters are signaling to each other. I do know Pepe the Frog was huge. At peak Pepe, people were talking about the Egyptian god Kek that was symbolized by a frog. Kek if you don’t know is the same as lol. The Egyptian Kek was a god of chaos. Memes and trolling can create chaos and laughs, and thus “Pepe the Frog” was deified as Kek if only as tongue and cheek.

Pepe proper was soon after shut down by the ADL after becoming a hate symbol and after Pepe’s creator, Matt Furrie, got involved. The meme of “meme magic” was born among the Alt Right and Far-Right. However, the Alt Right and Far-Right are and were not the only ones involved in what was referred to by those on the Right flippantly as Meme-Magic. Memes are all over the internet but, are they magical or even something new?

A meme to me just seems to be a new word for an old thing like a logo or a catch-phrase. The thing is, one is verbal and the other is physical so, the word meme encompasses more. The [Wikipedia,] however(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme) defines a meme as:

an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture—often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices, that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogs to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.

Further, the term meme was coined by a “Scientist” named Richard Dawkins. It’s odd the “scientist” doesn’t describe what his unit is… not very scientific…

Just because there is no evidence that self-replicating information unit resides in the brain yearning to break free doesn’t mean your idea won’t catch on. We’re talking about science. Richard Dawkins is a hateful atheist, of course, his ideas have credence whether they are true or not or even logical.

The weird part is that a meme is further described as having:

originated from Dawkins’ 1976 book The Selfish Gene. Dawkins’s own position is somewhat ambiguous: he (Dawkins) welcomed N. K. Humphrey’s suggestion that “memes should be considered as living structures, not just metaphorically” and proposed to regard memes as “physically residing in the brain”. Later, he argued that his original intentions, presumably before his approval of Humphrey’s opinion, had been simpler.

One’s mouth has a mind of it’s own when a person has tourette syndrome or some other neurological disorder and the only mind virus is some of those nasty parasites you can pick up in a Third World Country. One should ask Dr. Dawkins what would happen if a mind parasite encountered the mind virus, “the meme.” Furthermore, how many meme units could the parasite eat?

So, As It Turns Out, Magicians are Meming too

In a book deceptively called “The Art of Memetics” by Wilson and Unruh, copyright 2008, the forward is as follows:

book that is much needed in the occult community because it shows other magicians how to take memetics, semiotics, writing, and other related pursuits and adapt them to magical practices, while also pushing those magical practices into new directions. Magic is no longer restricted to ceremonial tools and garb. Magic is something more.

Bullshit

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Magically speaking, I wonder how exactly Memetics are a push forward to magic. Maybe you could put a whammy on someone using moving pictures but just a picture? It seems like it would have to be inserted into someone’s consciousness at the right time and under the right conditions and that seems more like chance and happenstance than “Magic.” Then again, maybe it has to do with the units measurement.

What seems much more likely to be going on here is that the originators of both of the add on ideas for the meme idea are more or less trying to push their own paradigms through something new and mysterious that has a buzz to it. I myself wouldn’t do that though not knowing what a unit is.

Memes actually are nothing new. They’re just the same old pictures and voice and sometimes video transferred over the computer. A physical propaganda poster is a propaganda poster and a meme. The message will always be the most important thing whether one thinks they’re memeing or propagating. The “great Richard Dawkins” idea on memes was never more than a malformed one. Those who know what a meme is in the “vernacular” know what a meme is. If there are those who don’t, read books on propaganda, ones you want to read. Read books on practicle memes too.

1 Comment

  1. Memes are nothing more than a modern tool of propaganda. Knowing this all of the same rules for successful propaganda apply as well to memes. Take the AFD chan meme above: perhaps the people whom it is targeted to get it while here in America we don’t but taken on the surface, it’s a bad meme. Why? Because you look at it and you have no idea what message is being presented. Why is she looking at Pepe like that? Why the look on her face? Is she disgusted? Is Pepe supposed to be bad? Who knows? The point being just like any other form of propaganda be it a poster, a flyer, a commercial or whatever the viewer should be able to look at it and in a glance understand the message being portrayed. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people create memes and throw them out there because they’re so proud of them and then they spend all day explaining to everyone exactly what they mean. A simple rule of thumb is if you have to explain it, then it’s no good no matter how nice the artwork or how much effort you put into it.

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