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Last posted Nov 17, 2010 at 02:24AM EST. Added Nov 15, 2010 at 04:26AM EST
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So for my final for my intercutlural speech class is on the internet culture, right now im doing the powerpoint, what should i begin with? A meme? a definition? Which meme?

Nov 15, 2010 at 04:26AM EST

If it’s about memetics in general and not just a specific meme, I’d introduce a definition, and then give a few examples in the form of specific memes to demonstrate the properties of memes.
Here’s an outline for the PowerPoint.
1. Definition
2. Memetic hubs
– Definition of a memetic hub
– Function of memetic hubs
– Examples of memetic hubs
3. How memes spread
– Organic spread
– Astroturfing/forcing
– Astroturfing/forcing vs organic spread
– Mutation and derivatives
4. Rate of spread
– What affects the rate at which memes spread?
– If a meme is astroturfed, how will that affect the rate? Has the meme been accepted by the community?
– Be sure to include examples of quickly-spreading memes and slower memes. Use visual aids, charts, Insights, etc.
5. In-depth analysis of a specific meme
– Explain the meme in detail
– Explain why it meets the definition of a meme
– Demonstrate how it has spread and the mechanisms by which it has spread
– Expose its origin, and where it has spread
– Go through the meme’s life (and death, if applicable) in chronological order, ideally using visual aids
– Why is/was the meme popular? Is it easily reproduced? Funny?
– Derivatives and mutations

Hope this helps you get a general idea of what to do. I had to make a powerpoint recently too, and I find that it helps to make an outline.
When you’re presenting, be sure you know absolutely everything about the subject matter so that you can speak off the top of your head. It looks bad when the presenter just reads a script.

Nov 15, 2010 at 05:48AM EST

Dang that is really good, ill be sure to have notes and have it be memorized.

Nov 15, 2010 at 06:09AM EST

You could also mention some memes like Goatse.

Nov 15, 2010 at 06:32AM EST

Sweatie Killer brings up a good point. It’s not just about a meme being funny or easily imitated. It just has to be attention grabbing enough to motivate people to spread it along.

Nov 16, 2010 at 02:57AM EST

@coolmongoose: I always start with an example or two that people might recognize. That way, when you get to the ‘What Is Meme?’ stuff they at least understand what it can be.

@Trick Lobo: a couple of years ago Jamie Dubs and I gave a presentation to a college class where our 20 slide presentation was nothing but Windows desktop images. While I wouldn’t recommend that to anyone, I think it was our best slideshow ever.

Nov 16, 2010 at 09:55AM EST

do not use an nsfw meme as an example.
Do something like “what is love”, the rickroll or i can haz cheezburger. Something class friendly.

Last edited Nov 16, 2010 at 10:44AM EST
Nov 16, 2010 at 10:43AM EST

Thanks guys, project due in 12 hours and im pretty sure i have it done.

Nov 17, 2010 at 02:24AM EST

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