Where have all the memes gone? Short time passin’

It has just occurred to me I’ve forgotten what a “meme” is. And the reason I’ve forgotten? How long has it been since you saw the word “meme” or an example of one of ’em used on social or anti-social media? Not even the word “meme” is popping up nowadays.

I’m defining “nowadays” as, oh, starting maybe last month or so. Because before then, memes were proliferating without control, growing like bamboo or creepily hi-speed creepers. Emerging from the ground like cicadas.

The Wikipedia entry reports, “Proponents theorize that memes are a viral phenomenon that may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution.”

Could COVID-19 have squished the evolution of the meme? You know, one virus overwhelms another virus. If my observation is correct, maybe the fast-evolving meme is going the way of dinosaurs. But, I mean, fast.

 

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