Absolutely I agree that there is a strong similarity between memes and genes. The primary difference between memes and genes and the nature in which they evolve. The process by which they decay is the same, natural selection, however memes can be created with intent, while new genes are random alterations of their ancestors. I do agree in his preferences as well, and I’d agree that many others do too, as it appears as though humans now find it preferable to influence the world with their own credited ideas rather than own a large chunk of the genetic pool (maybe indicated by a decline in birth rates). This is also supported by the enormous social stigma now associated with plagiarism.
I’m not really sure if hashtags and memes equally categorize topics. I’m not too familiar with hashtags. I think that memes are generally more specific than hashtags, and thus perhaps they each categorize an idea space, but do so with different portions.
Meme’s are above all relatable, either personally or by proxy. A meme must be relatable to have a chance of survival in its audience. Humor seems to be a crucial component to memes that are successful at spreading. This likely has to do with the fact that humans enjoy sharing humorous moments with others.
Creating a meme really isn’t too different in my opinion from telling a joke as a comedian would do, which some may say is a form of art. Memes are small bits of comedy, typically, often social commentary. Perspective, that is big picture thinking, is probably more crucial than creativity in creating a successful meme.
Honestly, I just do not understand what happened at the end of that video. That just was grossly confusing.