The term was coined by Richard Dawkins1. Just as genes are carriers of information that frame our make up, memes are carriers of information, of the idea variety. It is a term to talk about the spread of ideas, which in this era of bit space is a good deal easier and hence more rapid than in earlier times. Wikipedia has a more detailed account of the Meme.
What is a meme?
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