This is not a technical but a philosophical talk. It is about culture and other subjective aspects of computer usage.
You may not agree with everything I expose here, and it is fine. This subject is open to discussion.
Multidisciplinary guy, coder at heart
PhD student in HCI (Human-Computer Interaction)
Volunteer of ACM, part of IEEE Young Professionals Finland
Aspiring Computer Artist
With interest in teletext and reuse of old technology for artistic purposes
Interested on Information Security and Design
A wannabe Internet historian
from ancient Greek μίμημα /míːmɛːma/ (miimeema), "imitated thing", shortened to look like "gene".
Richard Dawkings - "The Selfish Gene" (1976)
Social behaviour and norms found in human societies.
Set of customs, traditions and values of a society or community.
Emerged from the use of computers and computer networks for communication, entertainment and business.
Cyberculture is broad
- Within the internet
- Grows with social interactions
Cyberculture is deep
- Complex communicative practices
- Long timespan. Different "places"
- Different personal archetypes
- Different social interactions
- Its own social constructions
Cyberculture is in constant evolution
- Both technically and in adoption
- Constant development of new virtual systems
An interacting population of various kinds of individuals with common interests in a common location.
You should care because it will allow you to target different demographics and create better content.
You should care because the power of internet memes for shaping culture is unprecedented.
You should care because you will need the knowledge to understand other people (including your children), their messages
Memotype vs. Sociotype
Viral =/= Meme
Gene vs. Meme
- Vertical vs. Horizontal transmission
- Not dependant on the offspring
Fitness criteria is very different.
Criteria that is generally used to assert whether a meme or gene will become prevalent
How well they represent an idea
Several memes compete for the same idea
How easy they adapt to ideas that evolve
WHAT MAKES A GOOD MEME?
Collapses against the selective pressures?
ARE MEMES UNIVERSAL?
Maybe "universal" is too much
"Me Gusta" vs. "Elämänkoulu"
FINALLY, THE MEMES
There are two types of people...
"There are basically two types of people. People that accomplishes things and people who claims to have accomplished things.
The first group is less crowded."
"There are 10 types of people: those who understand binary and those who do not"
Much more than that
Early OS scene people wore beards in a "relevant" amount
Gentoo is not beginner-friendly
- When realistic, it is used as the ultimate tech support advice.
- When satirical, it is used as a way to dismiss beginners.
RUST aims to solve all problems for the systems programmer.
Huge raise in popularity, unrealistic code rewrite petitions.
There is a collection of GitHub issues that compile the unrealistic requests:
ansuz/RIIR - Why Not Rewrite It In RUST
"Human-Computer Interaction" (HCI/CHI) and "Computers and Society" (CAS)
ACM has special interest groups in both fields: SIGCHI and SIGCAS.
There are also some interesting books and talks on the subject:
- "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins
- "The Meme Machine" by Susan Blackmore
- "Dangerous Memes", a talk by Dan Denett at TED 2002