Meme Participation: An Experiment

Collin’s post reminded me that I hadn’t yet participated in Scott Eric Kaufman’s call for participation in a blog meme experiment. Basically, Scott is conducting an experiment on the propogation of memes in the blogosphere as part of his research for a paper he’ll be delivering at MLA. Scott’s postulating that most memes are only “superficially organic” and that they actually gain momentum through publicity on “high-profile” blogs.

In order to measure the spread of memes, Scott is asking readers to do the following:

1. Write a post linking to this one in which you explain the experiment. (All blogs count, be they TypePad, Blogger, MySpace, Facebook, &c.)
2. Ask your readers to do the same. Beg them. Relate sob stories about poor graduate students in desperate circumstances. Imply I’m one of them. (Do whatever you have to. If that fails, try whatever it takes.)
3. Ping Techorati

Pretty simple stuff, and, yes, you’ll be helping a poor, possibly beleagured graduate student. Which is a pretty cool thing to do.

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