In recent years, the Internet has evolved into a source of viral “meme culture,” a phenomenon in which the cultural forces and elements of a culture are borrowed and multiplied, often without attribution. Meme culture has been popular for some time, but it is only now beginning to become a significant and consistent theme in the Internet’s culture.
The evolution of genetic intelligence can be traced to its roots in a highly competitive arena. Through competition, participants try to uncover deeper, more valuable meanings in an otherwise meaningless situation. If someone experiences an emotion they have not experienced before, they are willing to pass it on through their words and expressions in order to transmit that experience to others.
The ramifications of memetic culture are far reaching. As a culture, we have been able to experience larger social pressures to conform, to conform by promoting self-expression, and to exercise freedom of expression.
Yet, when the individual views something on the Internet, there is virtually no outside influence or pressure to conform, as the image is not broadcast to any one person. This leaves them free to adopt the image or even completely reject it.
The wide acceptance of Internet memes makes them extremely attractive, especially to those with an irrational interest in conformity. Their embrace by individuals creates a somewhat perverse incentive for them to participate in the competition.
Meme culture becomes so dominant because it appeals to a human nature that craves a sense of belonging. These people seek to find some group of like-minded people and form a community, where they can meet other like-minded people and share common interests. They desire to be accepted and used memes to do this.
They will readily accept the world-wide acceptance of memes and give up any pretense that their own culture is distinct. Memes gain the respect of people from around the world and thus form a meaningful cultural source of identity, often called “credibility.”
It is to be expected that once they accept this idea, they will follow such rules that will prevent the extinction of their culture. In this way, the process of meme replication is promoted. What is needed is for an outsider to try to stop their process.
Memes propagate through competition, which gives them a sense of being superior and a need to be acknowledged. They need to find someone to copy their success, thereby competing for social dominance, as an unconscious wish to be noticed.
By making a concerted effort to stop the spread of meme culture, an outsider could disrupt the processes that are used to reproduce it. However, it will take a long time for such a big social change to take effect.
Meanwhile, a lot of important memes will continue to circulate in the culture until the outsider attempts to affect the meme culture. Until the cultural situation changes, the underlying workings of meme culture will continue to be set up.
So what are you waiting for? Take action today and support the battle to end meme culture.