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Meme machine

The Internet is the perfect playground for memes'theories or ideas that get transmitted like a virus from one mind to another until an entire culture is infected.

For example, one of the summer's Internet memes was the dramatic chipmunk video (the animal actually was a prairie dog) that became the basis for a number of parodies. Billed as 'the best five-second clip on the Internet,' the original dramatic chipmunk has been viewed more than 7 million times.

The DARPA-funded BigDog robot video, now up to more than 3 million views since March 18, has entered the collective meme to such an extent that a spin-off, BigDog Beta, has garnered more than 35,000 views.

BigDog Beta, however, was not sponsored by DARPA or Boston Dynamics, the maker of the BigDog robot.

Posted by Trudy Walsh on Mar 27, 2008 at 9:39 AM

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