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Could combining 2 memes be in itself a meme?

Last posted Nov 02, 2009 at 11:25PM EST. Added Nov 01, 2009 at 09:00PM EST
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i don’t know, isn’t the synthesis part of what makes it a meme?

Nov 02, 2009 at 05:13PM EST

Metamemes? Isnt that what the submeme tree is for?

Nov 02, 2009 at 05:15PM EST

We’ve used the term metameme to refer to that kind of thing, but that’s not very accurate. Instead, we usually call them memebrids or just meme hybrids.

A metameme is more accurate to refer to a meme about a meme. “Milhouse is not a meme” is a metameme.
I can’t think of any other meme about memes off the top of my head.

But there are a ton of iterations of other memes that are meta.

Meta Yo Dawg:

Meta Advice Yo Dawg Memebrid:

Meta Kanye Yo Dawg Memebrid

Meta Mudkip Kanye Yo Dawg Memebrid:

Kanye Yo Dawg Memebrid that is NOT META:

Nov 02, 2009 at 05:51PM EST

Macrochan has a collection of meta-macros.

Nov 02, 2009 at 05:55PM EST

making allusions or references to other memes is prolly common enough to be considered a characteristic of internet memes, but not a defining “character,” per se. /wordplay/

Nov 02, 2009 at 06:07PM EST

I guess it really depends. I mean, sure, if you could take it far, it would work, but like posted in Chris’s post above, it probably won’t work.

Nov 02, 2009 at 07:54PM EST

Blubber, that is pure awesome.

A section of Meta-macros would be interesting, but I wouldn’t call it neccessary.

Nov 02, 2009 at 09:35PM EST

This meme-within-a-meme effect (mise en abyme in literature) used to happen after a meme had been oldmeme for a while, as a way of reinventing it for some renewed humor. But, it seems like its becoming more and more common to do with any meme, old or new.

Placing a meme within itself is more reminiscent of the Droste Effect, and probably deserves a separate distinction.

Also, it might be worth noting that there are two ways that a meme can work in tandem with another meme. Some memes (like Yo, Dawg or Two Weiners) are very conducive to accepting other memes. Yet, others (Verbose, Sparta, Kanye) are more suited towards invading other memes. Very few can do both well.

Nov 02, 2009 at 11:25PM EST

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