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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