meme: (pron. 'meem') A contagious idea that replicates like a virus, passed on from mind to mind. Memes function the same way genes and viruses do, propagating through communication networks and face-to-face contact between people. The root of the word "memetics," a field of study which postulates that the meme is the basic unit of cultural evolution. Examples of memes include melodies, icons, fashion statements and phrases.

The current issue is MEME 5.01

Death, Be Not In My Face an excerpt from Alex Heard's new book Apocalypse Pretty Soon: Travels in End-Time America


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