What is a meme?
I learned about memes shortly after the term was coined in 1976 by Richard Dawkins as “the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation”.
I consider “connected learning” and “learning by making” to be memes that are being transmitted within the CLMOOC (and now by me). I intend to expose dozens of organizations to these memes in hopes of their further transmission.
Memes and learning
A meme made me learn how to insert images within images. When “Crasher Squirrel” got into a picture shot via wireless shutter release, I decided to join 1000s of others and photoshop it into a similar picture of my wife and me. I did not know how but struggled for hours learning to add layers, resizing, how to remove background and transparency, all so I could get likes and comments on Facebook.
My “Big Lebowski” meme
Like many other participants, I just did not get many of the memes I saw (unfamiliar cultures). Fortunately I saw a reference to a selfie shot by Jeff Bridges during The Big Lebowski. That movie was made in 1998, way before cellphones had decent cameras. Turns out, ‘The Dude’ has been shooting on-set images of the films he has worked on since 1984“. The “selfie” meme I understood so I used his selfie and the association of being cool and “The Dude” and tied it to posting memes in CLMOOC.
Meme mutation (MeMeme)
Scott Glass explained in his blog Post, My Agency, Meme Style, why he decided to pass on the easy cookie cutter meme generators, and demonstrate creativity, control, resourcefulness, originality, etc. when making his meme. He copied “The Dude’s” selfie, but then almost like the “Crasher Squirrel” pasted himself into a beautiful sun set at the lake scene. This and his reference to #MeMeme inspired me to modify my original meme by putting myself into the Lebowski selfie as if I were the bartender.