Talk:Meme

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How is a meme different from a challenge, or something like Sentinel Thursday? --Mrs. Potato Head 12:47, 9 September 2010 (UTC)

In fandom, there seem to be at least a few distinct kinds of memes:

  • 1- a more "traditional" internet-meme-type that is tailored to/by the fandom (like Hannibal and the flower crowns, or the "Swiggity swag; the nightmare stag" thing)
  • 2- a fanworks challenge pertaining to a specific theme/category (like a kinkmeme)
  • 3- there also were many popular list-of-question-type drawing memes that spread like wildfire around deviantart; some were fandom-specific (ex: Avatar Meme), some were cross-fandom/fandom-less (ex: OC Meme by sionra -- I have no idea if this one specifically is particularly popular, but it's been too long since I saw one to identify it as a popular example), and some that are not contained to deviantart (ex: color palette meme)

Should these all be separated, and expounded upon? Also, I think a lot of the deviantart memes should have pages, or at least a page for that type of meme. Does this make sense to anyone else? Lastly, I think the origin of the word (in The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins) should be mentioned. Would that be ok?--Sari (talk) 22:30, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

I took a stab at making the current page clearer. kinkmemes and anonmemes already have their own pages, but I'm not sure how to separate out the others. You can absolutely create pages about specific DeviantArt memes, or just a general list of Memes on DeviantArt or Drawing Memes if you don't have enough to say about individual memes.--æþel (talk) 23:25, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
Oooo -- that's much clearer; thanks! I'll add some form of artmemes to my to-do list. At the very least, I can give a very short definition and feature a bunch of examples. As someone who hardcore-lurked on deviantart, this was a significant part of the fannish culture there.--Sari (talk) 00:12, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

origin of LJ memes?

Do we know when LJ-style memes (in the sense of a discrete activity you do on your LJ, and then everyone on your flist reads it and does the same, etc.) originated? I assume they were the cause of kink memes, since those started as one-time activities in someone's journal post in 2007. anon memes is more confusing. The first one listed is a comm started in 2004, but it may not have called itself a "meme".--aethel (talk) 02:01, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

reference to a June 2007 meme--aethel (talk) 02:05, 4 August 2017 (UTC)