The Episteme of the Meme

three-haresBefore the Internet,
when things were not yet set
in stone tablets called memes,
we could view the world
through reams and reams
of words on paper
bound in books and magazines,
a web of discourse and conversation
that required attention and, yes, the aggravation
of thinking about what an idea might mean,
a seldom seen
occurrence in this day and age,
when memes communicate our fear and rage
in a form so simple and so clear
that even 3-year olds can hear
the tone and get the humor
and for a moment acknowledge
like a fresh-faced damsel new to college
that block letters on a photo of nic cage
are really not the same
as a luminescent page
in the book of knowledge.

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