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