/me-met'iks/ The study of memes.
As of mid-1993, this is still an extremely informal and speculative endeavor, though the first steps toward at least statistical rigor have been made by H. Keith Henson and others. Memetics is a popular topic for speculation among hackers, who like to see themselves as the architects of the new information ecologies in which memes live and replicate.
This condition takes some of the wind out of the sails of memetics.
memetics, or the life of ideas and awareness of them, pertains no less to the past than to the present and future.
The formalism of memetics reminds many of us of formal languages, as well as of the shorthand used in genetics.
In the new tradition of memetics, work would be described as a replicative complex unit, probably a meta-meme.
The terminology is based on today's fashionable lingo of genetics, and of memetics, its counterpart.