Question: What is a meme?

I’ve seen friends post stuff like “I took a meme” and “Meme time!” or variations of those phrases where meme means, in general, an internet quiz. (Much like the ones down below the lj-cut.) Examples of this can be seen everywhere on google. There is even a how to write a meme page; or you can go to memegen.netto make your own. But, what is a meme? dictionary.com and Wikipedia state that they are units of information passed on from one person to another (or other information stores) through various means. (Read the wikipedia link for an in depth explanation of this.) A good example would be language. It’s a unit of information that is passed on from one person to another. Now, since quizes are just stored responses to user input, I can’t see how this fall under the conventional meaning of the word.

Anyone have a good explanation or is it just a new word spawned in cyberspace?

As for the quizes:


Air
Your element is Air: Carefree, lovable, fun and
childish. Arent you cute! Your just full of
childhood spunk and happiness! Hey who said
being young was a bad thing? You have a keen
understanding of whats good in life and choose
to remain happy rather than get too upset over
things. Life is fun, who wants to be troubled
by grown-up problems? Being as capable of love
as you are you will make a wonderful parent if
and when you choose to grow up. Love is a
mystery because you only want friends not love
interests, games are better than relationships
with the opposite sex. You have what everyone
is searching for, that so called ‘fountain of
youth’ deep inside. You can come across as
naive and childish at times. But who cares what
they think, lets go play tag!

.:-|What is your true element?|-:. -With Anime Pictures and detailed answers-
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Catgirl.. yay!

dark girl
You are the night. You are quiet and don’t really
talk to people. People see you as a loner and
you are also very reserved when around people.
That’s only at school! At home your different!
That depends on who you are though.

What’s your Element? (anime pics)
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Kidei!

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Writer, Programmer, Astronomer, Dreamer, Wisher, Fighter. Always striving to be better than I was.
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