Since all of our visitors should be acquainted with rapper Xzibit, we won’t explain who he is. However, if you’re not big on keeping up with Richard Dawkins–like we aren’t–then you might be asking yourself, “What the hell is a meme?” Well, Wikipedia to the rescue folks:
A meme (pronounced /miːm/ – like theme), a postulated unit or element of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, gets transmitted from one mind to another through speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena. (The etymology of the term relates to the Greek word mimema for “something imitated”.) Supporters of the concept of memes believe that they act as cultural analogues to genes, in that they self-replicate and respond to selective pressures. Memeticists have not definitively empirically proven the existence of discrete memes or their proposed mechanism; they do not form part of the consensus of mainstream social sciences. Meme theory therefore lacks the same degree of influence granted to its counterpart and inspiration, genetics.
Richard Dawkins first introduced the word in The Selfish Gene (1976) to discuss evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. He gave as examples melodies, catch-phrases, and beliefs (notably religious belief), clothing/fashion, and the technology of building arches.
It seems the use of the word meme has become quite popular on the Internet. We really could care less, but what’s done is done.
At any rate, we noticed this trend of Xzibit photoshopped photos that are still popular and we find them hilarious. Some might border on obnoxious, but hey, for every joke there are going to be some people who get offended by it.