Okay, I think everyone here understands what a meme is, a "viral" idea that embeds itself in your brain. Some of these memes are good for you, and good for society ("Coexist", "Pay it forward", etc), some are just a waste of time (Mahdgjickque), and some really aren't good for you.
A few examples of memes that aren't good for you are:
1. Libertarianism. The very idea of eliminating the one potential check on megacorporations and religious fruitcakes (ie, the alleged "government") in the sure and certain knowledge that the megacorporations will do the right thing or be destroyed by market forces is both hilarious and demonstratably false.
However, let's assume just for a moment that it IS true. What are the ramifications? MegaCorp A decides to cut corners, and produces shoddy cribs (I use this example because it's happened). A bunch of babies strangle between the bars of the cribs, and eventually people move to another vendor. We have reached the point the Libertarians predict, but in doing so, we have also killed a bunch of babies and now we have a bunch of unemployed people as well, because MegaCorp A either went out of business altogether, or at least laid off the production line. When a big company goes down, there's a ripple effect through their suppliers (think GM), and the entire economy is harmed to some degree.
Had MegaCorp A been forced by regulation to produce cribs with a maximum distance between the bars, those people would still be employed, the babies would still be alive, and MegaCorp A's investors would still be receiving dividends in the long run, rather than short term minor increases due to less material being used per crib.
The idea that corporations will think ahead without being forced to is ridiculous in the extreme, as has been proven multiple times in the very recent past. Finagle and Murphy ensure that, as does the very nature of business, which is to minimize costs and maximize income.
So even if the Libertarians are correct, the meme is still harmful and essentially self-destructive.
2. The Teabaggers. Possibly the funniest self-destructive meme, here you have a vast horde of wage earners who have been sold on the idea that it is harmful to tax the rich (because they will supposedly fire everyone who works for them in a fit of pique), even more harmful to extend medical care to the poor (because paying for emergency room care for them is so much cheaper), and that the president is a Muslim, in the very same breath that they criticize his Christian pastor (Jeremiah Wright).
Basically, 20%+ of the population has been convinced to take to the streets in a show of solidarity with rich people who don't care if they live or die. This meme, incidentally, was intentionally fabricated, funded, and desseminated by the Koch family.
3. Change. This was the most blatant meme-pushing since the invasion of Iraq. Barack Obama had some damned good operators working for him, who generated just the right symbology and just the right non-speak speeches that he managed to fool 31% of the population (the other 25% would have voted for him anyway, out of political partisanship.
Of course, nothing has changed whatsoever...Obama's policies are identical to Bush's in every respect, but 46% of the country still believes that hopey-changey paradise is just around the corner. This, of course, completely coopts 99% of the people that were against Bush's policies in the first place.
I could go on, but you get the point. I'm not sure what to DO about this sort of thing...Beating the memes out of individuals is not so terribly difficult, but coming up with and propagating a set of memes to counteract the vast flood of bad memes out there is another matter entirely, and one I think we should discuss.
Okay for now,