A meme (pronounced /ˈmiːm/, rhyming with “cream”[1]) is a unit of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. (The etymology of the term relates to the Greek word μιμητισμός (/mɪmetɪsmos/) for “something imitated”.)[2] Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes, in that they self-replicate and respond to selective pressures.[3]

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Reclaim your mental environment

When will we reach the breaking point? Our minds have become a virtual dumping ground of pollutants — manipulative ads, distorted news, untold violence, spin and hype. We can cope with the media onslaught to a degree. But all signs suggest that the cumulative effects of this toxic culture — on our stress levels, our moods, our relationships, our worldviews, even our mental health — could become one the most pressing issues of our generation.

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Unplug The Signal

The “Unplug the Signal” symbol can be used to create an awareness of the television’s role in restricting information and controlling the masses. Help spread this symbol and its message not simply over the Internet but into the streets, homes and businesses across the globe. Help others take back their minds. Read more >

Update – Adbusters

10.10.10

A few days ago protests against the status quo erupted across Europe. The Prime Minister of Iceland was pelted with eggs; a man outraged by bank bailouts drove a cement truck into the gates of the Irish Parliament; and over 100,000 workers from two dozen countries took to the streets in Brussels. However, the most spectacular actions of all occurred in Spain where 20% of the population, and an astronomical 42% of those under the age of 25, are unemployed. 

For twenty-four hours, Barcelona was shut down by a general strike: public transit ground to a halt, cafes were shuttered and garbage collection ceased. Later, as passions rose, a Levi’s clothing store was looted and its merchandise distributed to the crowd, a police car was torched and riot cops tussled with everyday folk. And in a sign that this time the insurrectionary passion will not subside, Portugal’s largest union is calling for a general strike on November 24th which is, coincidentally, in the midst of the global Carnivalesque Rebellion. “We think that there are now conditions for wide protests, a wave of strife that we have not seen in decades,” one observer explained.

These events in Europe are truly exhilarating. They suggest that a tsunami of dissent is building that has the potential to fundamentally transform society. If this rebellious mood keeps boiling then November 22–28 may well turn out to be the catalytic global mindshift moment we’ve all been waiting for.

ACTION

#NOSTARBUCKS is thriving as jammers around the world are boycotting Starbucks and going indie. And a few have already begun to turn their local coffee houses into meeting spots for brainstorming November actions. If you haven’t started, now is the time to plan what you’ll do during the week of rebellion. And let us know what you’re up to: kono@adbusters.org

Meanwhile, send this metameme to your friends, nail it to an econ prof’s door, pass it out in the cafeteria… Demand to know: “Is economic progress killing the planet?” For more information, go to kickitover.org.