Meme stickiness

February 22nd, 2010 by ftobia

Memes are little replicators, kind of like genes for culture (or ideas or general mind-things). Memes have a few properties, like how transmittable they are, or how “attractive” they are to the mind they occupy. Like that song you just can’t get out of your head, some memes are maddeningly sticky. For reasons unclear to me, one meme occupying my brain is bent on expressing itself through the medium of the blagoweb. You’ve been warned.

I’ve had Lady Gaga stuck in my head all week. Frakking Poker Face. It started innocently enough, I was watching South Park and Cartman was Rock-Banding it up. He was hilarious enough that I had to watch the clip a few more times on the YouTube. By that time, it was probably already too late.

This song is addicting on a dangerous level. I think there are at least three parts that are independently catchy — basically all the repeating parts: the opening mah-mah-mah-mah, the repetition of po-po-po-poker face, and the can’t-read-my can’t-read-my part, for those of you keeping track at home. Now, I wasn’t planning on writing about Lady Gaga. I don’t know firsthand how good her albums are. I won’t comment on whether I think all her hype is justified. I just know that forces acting beyond my control are propagating this absurdity over the intertubes.

The meme made me do it.

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2 Responses to “Meme stickiness”

  1. Rachel Mercer Says:

    Did you know that that particular Lady Gaga song is apparently one of the most covered songs of all time?

    Anyways, I think the hype is justified. She is crazy good.

    Also, there’s apparently a mechanism in your brain that causes songs to get stuck in your head. I’d read in an article that it was because of neuron receptors, but this how stuff works article says something a little different (

  2. Peter Tobia Says:

    She is an extraordinary talent AND the song and video are ADDICTIVE.

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