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In the field of memetics, a metameme (or meta-meme) is defined as a meme about a meme. A metaphor or the idea of memetic engineering are, thus, metamemes. The concept of memes has been referred to as "The Metameme".[1] Some other metamemes of interest include the meme tolerance and memeplexes.

Initial definitions of meta memes and the lingo surrounding the phenomenon have seen a recent overhaul, as a new perspective is beginning to emerge due to heightened interest from researchers and fortune 500 companies alike. Theories posited suggest that a meta meme is a meme about a meme. This process not only has brought about an entirely fresh way to view memes, but also goes some way in proving Darwin's infamous theory on Evolution.

Meta memes are claimed to have seen a drop in concrete, tangible content, opting for a more layered approach to meme-ing.

Measuring social evolution[edit]

Metamemes may be used to measure the evolution of a given society. It has been proposed that the degree of consciousness one society has about the very memes that form it is correlated with how evolved that society is. The difficulties associated with measuring the "metamemetic content" of a given society, however, render that proposition impractical.

This can be viewed (to some extent) as a memetic approach to the American sociologist Gerhard Lenski's view that the more information a given society has, the more advanced it is.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Glenn Grant. A Memetic Lexicon

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