Seminar: Internet Memes
Speaker: Dr. Simon Evnine
Abstract: Internet memes are an increasingly important part of people’s on-line lives. But what is a meme? I will argue that, roughly speaking, memes are sets of norms for the production of certain items (typically, though not only, images with text) that develop through distinctive kinds of social practices. I extend and develop this rough answer and illustrate it with discussion of some well-known memes, including Batman Slapping Robin, Archaic Rap, and Socially Awkward Penguin.
Brief information about the speaker: Simon Evnine is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Miami. Simon’s main area of interest at the moment is metaphysics. His most recent book is *Making Objects and Events: A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms (OUP: 2016)*. The book is largely about artifacts and he is now thinking more about making and creation, and about social ontology and the philosophy of literature. Before this current phase of research, He worked in epistemology. Simon’s previous books are *Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood*, (OUP: 2011) and Donald Davidson (Sanford University Press: 1991) which dealt with the ways in which what it is to be a person has specifically epistemological consequences.