Beme Me Up

The term “meme” was first defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as “a unit of cultural information” spread from one mind to another. In other words, it’s a viral idea that eventually becomes common knowledge.
Now, Silicon Valley marketing guru, Tom Hayes, updates the viral lexicon with a new term, “beme.”

  • A meme is old media, a beme is new media.
  • A meme takes off by accident, a beme by design.
  • A meme can take years to surface, a beme hours.
About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Chief Storyteller at Bonehook, a guide service and bait shop for brands. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Doer of the things written about herein.

  • skyview satellite

    Is beme a meme or a beme?
    Perhaps a meme within a beme.

  • marischa

    gee, david,
    did i predict that meme would be obsolete or what? you must have read my comment on georg’es blog last month.
    so lame.

  • Jetpacks

    Many have been predicting the demise of the meme, myself included. It’s not that hard to see.
    You know that history repeats itself.
    What you just done so has somebody else.

  • Danicunille

    I have been studing the concept of meme for a while and, I have the impession that you are not understanting exactly what is it all about.
    A beme, or any new word or idea, is also a meme.
    It is just a model of cultural transmition and, if you do not have a better argument than just declaring it is obsolete, I guess you should find a more credible beme or meme.

  • marischa

    I only declared the word obsolete because it has been abused in blogs. I suppose a look at a memegenic manifesto might recall the corect concept in my, my, my, my, my, my, my, mind.
    Banning or barring other subjects, of course.