Collecting Memes Exercise

This exercise asks you to work with one meme of your choosing. Remember that a meme is not a single artifact but a group of clearly related artifacts - an apparent founder and it's derivations.

Collect the meme and derivs, then turn your attention to making close observations about each of them. Refer closely to Shifman, chap 4, pp 39-41, and Shifman's analyses pp 42-54.

You may work with others in the class for help, but everyone should do this independently.

1. Go to your wiki name page.

2. Create a new page titled CollectingMemes followed by your initials. Mine would by CollectingMemesMCM.

3. On that page, embed four to six memetic artifacts: a founder, and three to five derivatives.

4. Below each embedded version, make some observations and notes that chart the memetic dimensions. Copy and paste the material below into your page, once for each meme. For more detailed notes on what to consider, use Charting the Memetic Dimensions.

You can use the code below as a template. Copy it and paste it into your page for each artifact you are including. For a founder and four derivatives, paste the template five times.

==== Meme Title ====
{{image url="delete this text and paste the url here" width="376px"}}

=== Description ===
	- Describe the artifact, add background that you discover, dates if you discover them, information on what form it takes, and notes on //how it connects or relates to other derivations//'

=== Notes on content ===
Consider the ideas and ideologies that are presented
	- observations

=== Notes on form ===
Consider how the artifact was constructed. Software used. Visual design and features. Genre.
	- observations

=== Notes on stance===
	- Participation structure Who is participating  in creating  and distributing the meme and in what manner?
		- observations
   
	- Keying. Addresses tone and style. Funny, ironic, mocking sarcastic,  Register: adult, adolescent, amateur, professional, 
		- observations
	
	- Communication function: What kind of information is being communicated? Referential. Conative. Emotive. Code. Poetic. Reflexive.
		- observations


Part 2

Refer to Shifman, chaps 5 - 7.

Add the following headings to your notes on each derivative and use them and Shifman's commentary to develop your notes further.

==== Memeticness ====
Notes on memetic features that the meme is using. 

=== Specify the kind of variation ===
	- remake, remix, imitation, something else? and comment on what elements are being re-made / re-mixed, etc

=== Memetic features ===
Make an extended consideration of the features that make the meme memetic: those features that spur the creation of variation and spread. Draw on Shifman's list of features, but also supplement her observations with your own.
	
	- ...
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Does this meme show other features that spur memetic development, or features that seem to put an end to development? Parody? Satire? Nastiness? …. Or, is there another reason circulation of the meme has died?


=== Genre ===
Refer to Shifman, chap 7. She lists nine.  There will be others.  You may discover others.


Finding memes


Getting the Image Address (url)

When you find a meme by searching on Google, follow the links to the page the image is embedded on. Copy the image address from that page. Right click on the image and watch for Copy Image Address in your mouse menu.

How to embed images: refer to GettingStarted

Some example work. The analyses in these examples are not necessarily accurate. Review them as examples of how to lay out your page.





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