Earlier today, a colleague posed the following question to a Media Studies Facebook Group:
“Hey media folks, does anyone have any suggestions for undergrad-level articles on memes—meme production, meme replication, etc.? Also open to any other recent writing on other aspects of internet culture that might have caught your eye. Thanks!”
In roughly 50 minutes, several academics responded to the question, offering up over a dozen sources. (That’s right: we’re fast.)
But since Facebook statuses are fleeting (i.e., in two years, we’ll never find that post again!), I’ve compiled all the answers/articles/videos into the following bibliography. That way, academics (and anyone else who’s interested in memes) can locate these helpful sources in one place. If you have other sources that aren’t listed, please let me know in the comments section below.
- Blackmore, Susan J. The Meme Machine. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000.
- Blackmore, Susan J. “Memes and ‘Temes.’” TED Talks. TED Conferences, 2008. Web. 30 November, 2012.
- Burgess, Jean. “All Your Chocolate Rain Are Belong to Us? Viral Video, YouTube and the Dynamics of Participatory Culture.” Video Vortex Reader: Responses to YouTube. Institute of Network Cultures: Amsterdam, 2008. 101-109.
- Burns, Kelli S. “From Memes to Mashups: Creating Content from Content,” Celeb 2.0: How Social Media Foster Our Fascination with Popular Culture, p. 75-87.
- Davison, Patrick. “The Language of the Internet Meme.” The Social Media Reader. Ed. Mandiberg, Michael. New York: New York UP, 2012.
- Gleick, James. “Chapter 11: Into the Meme Pool.” The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood New York: Viking, 2012.
- Johnson, Davi. “Mapping the Meme: A Geographical Approach to Materialist Rhetorical Criticism.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 4.1 (2007): 27-50.
- Jurgensen, Nathan. “Speaking in Memes,” The New Inquiry. 24 Oct. 2012.
- Internet Meme Timeline (via Dipity).
- Klein, Amanda Ann. “I Can Haz Nyan Cat.” Judgmental Observer. 12 Dec. 2011.
- Knobel, Michele and Colin Lankshear, “Online Memes, Affinities, and Cultural Production.” A Media Literacies Sampler. Eds. M. Knobel and C Lankshear, 2007. 199-228.
- Marshall, Kelli. “Animated Gifs, Cinemagraphs, and Our Return to Early Cinema.” MediAcademia. 8 Jun. 2011.
- Marshall, Kelli. “Obi Wan Obama, Bin Laden’s Death, and Tumblr.” MediAcademia. 4 May 2011.
- PBS Idea Channel (via Mike Rugnetta) “Are LOLCats and Internet Memes Art?” and “Are Internet Memes & Digital Culture Creating a Singularity?“
- PBS Off Book. “Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium” 27 Jul 2012.
- Shifman, Limor. Memes in Digital Culture.
- Zittrain, Jonathan. “Memes & Society.” ROFLCon. Video.