Meme Mutations vs Origin

Some time ago, I got into interest trolling and memes, I saw them as useful tools for the field of social engineering, as well as the basis for human interaction. I wanted to a way to share my research and my finding, but I didn’t want to just paste stuff online, so I started this blog to cover the use of memes and the science behind. I didn’t really know if anyone would be interested in it. It seemed like a good subject to, since memes and trolling are almost commonplace for anyone, who’s on social media. At the same time people don’t look at memeing or trolling as anything serious, yet it can be an effective tool, that have been around longer than most people know.

One thing most people don’t seem to grasp is most memes, are mutations, of something another meme that’s already exist. They do have an original background, but for them to survive they need to mutate.

A meme is any piece of information that self-replicates and mutates. By this definition, any piece of information can be a meme, from a random string of numbers to an epic poem. But not every random string of numbers is a meme. This is because memes operate on a spectrum based on the information’s tendency both to replicate and to mutate. Most of all information does not tend to replicate and does not tend to mutate. Therefore, most information has an exceptionally low capacity to become a meme. The information that tends to spread and t.ends to mutate is mostly that which is interesting, that which is entertaining, and that which is important. The memes, both ancient and modern, that survived to this day are overwhelmingly those which are important.

Ancient memes that survived until the present don’t much resemble modern ones, at least, the ones that manifested as technology. Memes based on importance, or “memes of import”, are either always or almost always new technologies. The first hominid who rubbed two sticks together and showed a second hominid started the meme of fire. This technological meme of import would spread like, well, wildfire, among these hominids until just about everyone knew about it. At this point, fire as a meme died. Its spread was no longer automatic, but rather was taught to children by fathers. The same happened to almost all technology. Technological memes have a near-definite birth, life, and death. The death of the meme does not mean the loss of the technology.

More modern memes, in the age where aggregate information can be freely exchanged, will almost always be entertaining or interesting memes. The only reason I distinguish them is because not every interesting thing is entertaining, and not every entertaining thing is particularly interesting. Most pseudoscience claims and all image macros (scumbag steve, rage comics, etc.) are such memes. Because humans revisit interesting and entertaining information, these memes don’t experience a firm death like memes of import. Instead, these memes are always in competition with each other over which ones get attention in the mind of the individual, because only the memes in ones focus have the opportunity to either be replicated (as a parrot does language) or mutated. Thus, an entertaining/interesting meme only dies when there’s no more mindlessly.

Not all memes are created equal. Your brilliantly insightful and hilarious meme will likely never spread nearly as far as badgers chasing hamburgers or some thot embarrassing herself. Why might this be? Here the conjecture gets a little denser, so pls no bully. When certain conditions are met for a meme, seeming to me to include having no text and having an iconic figure at the center, then the meme takes on other qualities beyond being interesting, entertaining, and important. When the right conditions are met, the meme begins to pander to the individual’s psychology. In the case of one meme, the meme calls back to an archetype.

Pepe is my pet example of a meme that interacts with an archetype. The ultimate source of all pepes was a comic by a no-name artist in which there was a smiling frog that says, “feels good man”. The comic didn’t spread very far and didn’t tend to mutate. The frog head was cropped out, but still said “feels good man”. This frog named pepe was still not a meme, as it did not tend to mutate. The first version of this frog that I would call a meme would be when his smile was turned upside down and he said, “Feels bad man”. This was the first one (as I understand it) that really started spreading and started mutating. The most popular mutation lead to the other popular forms. The first “pepe” that wasn’t just from that comic was the sad pepe. The sad pepe mutated, creating the smug pepe and the furiously reclusive fucking normies reeee pepe. The smug pepe itself mutated to give rise to the autistic gbp pepe. In my own autistic musings, I noticed something. The trickster archetype, manifested as loki, eris, and other gods of various pantheons, when caught in a trick by one with the power to punish, becomes greatly depressed at even a scolding. When the trickster is not caught or is caught only by those who are powerless against him/her, the trickster gets anime girl levels of smug. There are occasions at which the trickster may cross a line too great and is cast out from society. To a being so greatly wounded by a verbal rebuke, total rejection is absolutely devastating. As a defense mechanism, the trickster doubles down, and chooses to make the rejection mutual. The autistic gbp frog is the trickster in a permanent state of having tricked those who cannot or will not rebuke him. This is how a meme may relate to an archetype.