This presentation is a high-level explication of contemporary memes. Through entertaining examples, the following topics will be addressed in a fast paced, throughly visual, entertaining and academic presentation:
How does a viral video become a meme?
What is the categorical ceiling of a meme's reach?
Quantifying the value of transmitters.
The boundaries of legal gray areas.
Forced memes (i.e. How does one force or identify a forced meme?)
The psychological effects of exposure to a global audience.
Tactics vs. Strategies for extinguishing memes.
The qualities of timeless memes vs memes of yesterday.
Life cycles of memes.
Aggregating realtime statistics for predicting.
Memes in the future.
The presentation will be organized according to several larger threads that play through almost all memes. While the definition of a meme can include the extremities of logic from the micro to the macro, this presentation will assume a definition related to today's internet culture, as described by the Know Your Meme Internet Meme Database.
11th–15th March 2011