Meme Watching

28May08

Sorta like Whale Watching or Bird Watching only different. According to Wikipedia:

“A meme (pronounced /miːm/[1]) consists of any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that gets transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. Examples include thoughts, ideas, theories, practices, habits, songs, dances and moods and terms such as race, culture, and ethnicity. Memes propagate themselves and can move through a “culture” in a manner similar to the behavior of a virus.”

I like Meme Watching and keeping tabs on early adopters, trend setters, and innovators is key to the process.  But not everything that these creative-types latch onto ends up with the stickiness for the main chunk of society.  I like checking in on those gatekeepers who proliferate “ideas, theories, practices, habits, songs, dances and moods and terms” from the margins into the mainstream.  Apple is one of those gatekeepers.  So a good place to look is on their RSS page – Apple – RSS Information. This handy tool lets the emerging ideas (anything from applications to iTunes songs) port directly into your daily reading without you having to seek them out.  That is particularly helpful because memes, like birds and whales, can be particularly difficult to spot.

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