"the inductive control of development by ecology and/or the construction of ecology by development, which results in differential success at repetition , and includes somatic, reproductive, and replicative processes, thereby resulting in changes in frequency in hereditary elements in the population."
In other words:
Environments Host Stuff
Stuff Makes Environment Different
Stuff Changes to Survive in New Environment, or Doesn't.
Every Possible Objection to Memetics Addressed in One Slide Do memes exist? YES Do memes exist beyond just some silly metaphor? YES Can we measure the impact and development of memes: YES... (realizing that genes are digital and memes are analog) Can Memetics be used to make predictions: ALMOST Bonus: do these things exist? CURRENCY TOMB RAIDER NEWS VENDETTA IMPRESSIONISM CALENDAR CHESS GREENSLEEVES HACKERSPACE KILROY ALL YOUR BASE
...results: Meme Characteristics PRE-INTERNET INTERNET
Cost to Replicate
Skill to Reproduce
Cost to Adopt
Medium to High
Generally Low to Nil
LOW COMPETITION VERY BORING HIGH COMPETITION HILARIOUS
...as well as many other WILD AND CRAZY PLACES, wooooo Kilroy Was Here