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British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
British memes since 2000
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  • 1. British Memes since 2000<br />David Edmundson-Bird<br />@groovegenerator<br />
  • 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. 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. 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. Historical Pre Internet Memes<br />
  • 6. B3ta – birthplace of the British Meme?<br />
  • 7. First Animals appear 20/09/01<br />Note this usability reference<br />
  • 8. First Kitten on B3ta<br />
  • 9. Influences on B3ta and The British Meme<br />Arguably FARK squirrel,Kevin Schafer<br />Also<br />
  • 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. Key Animal Memes<br />Clean Kitty<br />Dancing Bear<br />Fluffy the Penguin<br />No Hands<br />Clive<br />Evil Lemur Eyes<br />
  • 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. Key Meme Case: “Teh Quo”<br />
  • 14. Key Meme Case: “Teh Quo”<br />
  • 15. Key Meme Case: “Teh Quo” & Evil<br />
  • 16. Animals as Memes in Competitions<br />Ca. Nov 2001<br />Ca. Dec 2002<br />
  • 17. Demise of Memes<br />On B3ta<br />Blandwagon effect (imitation aggressor)<br />“Glasscock”<br />Network beyond individual influence<br />
  • 18. Demise of Memes<br />Arrival of the professional meme<br />
  • 19. And finally – a real Panda Chaser<br />
  • 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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