British Memes since 2000<br />David Edmundson-Bird<br />@groovegenerator<br />
Why am I talking about Memes and History?<br />It all started with this<br />Polovina, Simon; Bird, David; French, Tim (20...
What is a Meme?<br />First mention<br />Die mnemischen Empfindungen in ihren Beziehungen zu den Originalempfindungen<br />...
Historical Pre Internet Memes<br />January 10th 1984<br />Clara Peller “Where’s the Beef?”<br />http://www.youtube.com/wat...
Historical Pre Internet Memes<br />
B3ta – birthplace of the British Meme?<br />
First Animals appear 20/09/01<br />Note this usability reference<br />
First Kitten on B3ta<br />
Influences on B3ta and The British Meme<br />Arguably FARK squirrel,Kevin Schafer<br />Also<br />
The Growth of Memes and “The Bandwagon”<br />Apparently, “The Fear”was knitted by<br />Spacefish’s girlfriend.<br />Spacef...
Key Animal Memes<br />Clean Kitty<br />Dancing Bear<br />Fluffy the Penguin<br />No Hands<br />Clive<br />Evil Lemur Eyes<...
Key Human Memes<br />Casey<br />Chump Manbear<br />Teh Quo<br />Svenno<br />Brian Blessed<br />Munter<br />Dick Beattie<br...
Key Meme Case: “Teh Quo”<br />
Key Meme Case: “Teh Quo”<br />
Key Meme Case: “Teh Quo” & Evil<br />
Animals as Memes in Competitions<br />Ca. Nov 2001<br />Ca. Dec 2002<br />
Demise of Memes<br />On B3ta<br />Blandwagon effect (imitation aggressor)<br />“Glasscock”<br />Network beyond individual ...
Demise of Memes<br />Arrival of the professional meme<br />
And finally – a real Panda Chaser<br />
Thanks and Questions<br />I know I won’t have your favourite<br />Questions (but no answers)<br />Contact me:<br />d.edmun...
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British memes since 2000

  1. 1. British Memes since 2000<br />David Edmundson-Bird<br />@groovegenerator<br />
  2. 2. Why am I talking about Memes and History?<br />It all started with this<br />Polovina, Simon; Bird, David; French, Tim (2005)<br />"Can Transactions and Organisational Semiotics Help Chronic, Wicked Problems through Interaction Design?“<br />Proceedings of the "Designer, User, Meaning Maker: Rethinking Relationships for a More Creative HCI" workshop<br />(ISBN 0-904354-90-3) if you’re interested<br />We wanted to know why communities put up with shoddy “make do” systems<br />It was an excuse to surf the net<br />B3ta.com was our case study<br />
  3. 3. What is a Meme?<br />First mention<br />Die mnemischen Empfindungen in ihren Beziehungen zu den Originalempfindungen<br />Richard Semon 1904<br />Social contagion<br />Imitation (key issue in the demise of Memes too)<br />Criticism:<br />Benitez-Bribiesca<br />“A pseudoscientific dogma“, random, lacking a script<br />
  4. 4. Historical Pre Internet Memes<br />January 10th 1984<br />Clara Peller “Where’s the Beef?”<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-ka_edE-CM&feature=player_embedded<br />Catchphrase instant hit around USA<br />Wendy’s sales rocketed<br />
  5. 5. Historical Pre Internet Memes<br />
  6. 6. B3ta – birthplace of the British Meme?<br />
  7. 7. First Animals appear 20/09/01<br />Note this usability reference<br />
  8. 8. First Kitten on B3ta<br />
  9. 9. Influences on B3ta and The British Meme<br />Arguably FARK squirrel,Kevin Schafer<br />Also<br />
  10. 10. The Growth of Memes and “The Bandwagon”<br />Apparently, “The Fear”was knitted by<br />Spacefish’s girlfriend.<br />Spacefish was one ofthe first B3tans to notegrowth of memes onthe site, including useof l337speke terms(hedescribed them asAOLISMS)<br />
  11. 11. Key Animal Memes<br />Clean Kitty<br />Dancing Bear<br />Fluffy the Penguin<br />No Hands<br />Clive<br />Evil Lemur Eyes<br />
  12. 12. Key Human Memes<br />Casey<br />Chump Manbear<br />Teh Quo<br />Svenno<br />Brian Blessed<br />Munter<br />Dick Beattie<br />Smug Bastard<br />
  13. 13. Key Meme Case: “Teh Quo”<br />
  14. 14. Key Meme Case: “Teh Quo”<br />
  15. 15. Key Meme Case: “Teh Quo” & Evil<br />
  16. 16. Animals as Memes in Competitions<br />Ca. Nov 2001<br />Ca. Dec 2002<br />
  17. 17. Demise of Memes<br />On B3ta<br />Blandwagon effect (imitation aggressor)<br />“Glasscock”<br />Network beyond individual influence<br />
  18. 18. Demise of Memes<br />Arrival of the professional meme<br />
  19. 19. And finally – a real Panda Chaser<br />
  20. 20. Thanks and Questions<br />I know I won’t have your favourite<br />Questions (but no answers)<br />Contact me:<br />d.edmundson-bird@mmu.ac.uk<br />@groovegenerator<br />Via LinkedIn<br />
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