What Are Examples of Memes?

What Are Examples of Memes?

January 5, 2011 |  by

Every group has a meme. There are millions of memes in the world. Each meme has a unique feel: its own characteristics, influence and agenda.

Memes can be grouped in categories. But no meme is an island. Memes overlap categories and influence each other all the time. For example, the meme for the Apple Store is influenced by the memes of technology, capitalism and America.

Below is a simple sampling of meme categories.

Social memes:

  • Community memes: family, neighborhood, friends
  • Religious memes: Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Mormon, spiritual, atheist
  • Ethnic memes: Native American, Palestinian, Basque, Romani, Sami
  • Sports memes: N.Y. Yankees, L.A. Lakers, World Cup soccer, the Olympics
  • Ideological memes: Western, Eastern, materialist, spiritual
  • University memes: MIT, Oxford, University of Phoenix
  • Tech memes: Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, open source

Political/Corporate memes:

  • Government memes: U.S., U.K., E.U., Russian, Chinese
  • Political memes: Republican, Democratic, Tea Party, independent, anarchist
  • Media memes: FOX, MSNBC, Comcast, Clear Channel, Pandora
  • Corporate memes: Microsoft, Google, Exxon, Wal-Mart, Southwest Airlines
  • Retail memes: GAP, Apple Store, 7-Eleven, Ace Hardware, Whole Foods, Payless Shoes
  • NGO memes: Red Cross, Greenpeace, Amnesty International

Geographic memes:

  • Global memes: capitalism, socialism, democratic, authoritarian
  • Superregional memes: North American, European, Far East
  • National memes: American, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Indian
  • Regional memes (U.S.): West Coast, East Coast, Beltway, Southern, Pacific NW
  • Metro memes: New York, London, San Francisco Bay, Hong Kong, Milan
  • Local memes: South Beach, French Quarter, the Bronx, Montmartre, Roppongi


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