Memes

My tutor suggested I might find some useful ideas if I read The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.

Chapter 11 : Memes the new replicators discusses Dawkins thoughts on cultural transmission.

Definition
Memes: an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means.

Meme’s are cultural not genetic , ideas , songs , stories etc invariably alter in each re-telling (rather like Chinese whispers). Each snippet of information is a meme and, however slightly , each eventually become a modified version of the previous meme, which in turn has implications for the use of photography as an aide-mémoire.

Keith’s own visual exploration of Victorian Memes can be seen here

The images of significant spaces /places commemorate the lives of Victorian benefactors who lived in Southport whom ( obviously) are no longer living. Keith’s images re-create and represent the stories left behind.

Dawkins, R. (1989) The Selfish Gene. New York: Oxford University Press.

http://www.blurb.com/b/819276-southport-victorian-memes

http://keithwroberts.format.com/victorian-memes

http://www.thedoublenegative.co.uk/2012/03/picture-perfect/

All Accessed 28/12/15

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-defines-a-meme-1904778/?no-ist
Accessed 6/12/15

http://www.studentpulse.com/articles/879/2/making-sense-of-memes-where-they-came-from-and-why-we-keep-clicking-them
Accessed 6/12/15

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