Meme. funny Phenomenon internautico serving as radiography Italian ecclesiastical body: Saint John Paul II invited to open the doors to Christ, a few years later it moved to “lower walls” and “create bridges” with the world to be of misericordianti piacioni …

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MEME. FUNNY INTERNAUTICO PHENOMENON THAT SERVE AS X-RAY BODY ECCLESIASTICUS ITALIAN: ST JOHN PAUL II INVITED TO OPEN THE DOORS TO CHRIST, AFTER A FEW YEARS HAS GONE TO "TO LOWER THE WALLS" AND "NEW BRIDGES" TO BE WITH THE WORLD OF MISERICORDIANTI piacioni …

The false illusory hope that now comes before this new ecclesiology of meme It is to think or assume that tomorrow, in the next conclave, in the next pontificate or in a next possible council, everything returns as before by virtue of the refusal by the newly elected, surrounded by a large army of brave compact and coherent ecclesiastical, who will arrange everything in a flash, if anything, using the magic formula: hocus pocus …

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Author:
Jorge Facio Lince
President of Editions The island of Patmos

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memes and sheep …

In the era of "epochal revolution" which started in recent years within the Church, He insists on the urgent need to open up and communicate with the world, almost as if we were to learn from the world what would the identity, the missio and the function of the Church. Thus, following the sequence of these "slogan" revolutionary, we just have to start looking at the Church also in terms of phenomena and movements of the "world", like the one belonging to the Internet, through the well-known and widespread "meme”.

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The "electronic" code meme It is assigned to any type of file generated in the infinity of imitations visual or audiovisual, derivations and adaptations of each original type unit that can also be unknown. The term meme [1] It is a neologism coined by science writer neo-Darwinist Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene [2] of 1976, and is a term with which you want to present as a thesis the analogy between genetic transmission and cultural transmission, all based on the assumption that every meme, similarly to the gene, It is the smallest unit and the necessary evolution: «I meme are small cultural units that are spread from person to person by copying or imitating ".

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Dawkins explains that the propagation of meme, that is, those ideas, songs, mode, slogan, principles, rules between brains and brains, It is realized by means of imitation, spreading by way of the generations "virus" to become a fixed concept as it has become such that the idea of ​​God [3]:

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"God exists, only in the form of a meme with a high survival value, or infective power in the environment of human culture ' [4].

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In this meme-idea / concept of God, in accordance with the theory is apparent Dawkins first that imitation is the means by which they are generated and duplicated meme, which following the same rules of natural evolution - but in this case by analogy following the rules of "cultural evolution" - survive only some of them leading a new life, and to follow the most important qualities to survive and spread of meme, for example longevity, fecundity and fidelity in imitation of its simplicity. For the last viable selective nature of this “social evolution”, It is adapting in response to the social environment in which it is.

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"When it is sown a meme fertile in my mind, literally it has parasitized my brain with the transformation of the new idea spread through the vehicle of meme in stretched form that would make it a virus in parasitize a genetic mechanism of a host cell " [5]”.

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Some scholars favor this neologism, introduced the meme in the study of human conduct developing it as "instructions for conduct that have been stored in the brain after they have been transmitted by imitation", so anything learned from childhood must identify themselves by imitation as meme. Other scholars have instead challenged because of its conceptual ambiguity: It is in fact not possible to define what exactly a meme, the analogy of nature and culture is too simplistic and ineffective for the description of complex human behavior, He does not add anything new to what already can do anthropological studies, culture, linguistic and sociological.

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In the Internet culture, the term meme He began to be present by the end of the nineties of the last century, but still in the same parallels between biology and culture, between genes and meme before mentioned, even if the same natural selection of meme indicated by Dawkins has had a transformation on the Internet according to a not so implemented according to the natural speed separation but according to the alteration deliberately given by the same human creativity with the way of "hijacking[6] between two parallel: the faithful imitation as a result of fascination, admiration and identification or the denigration and the discrediting of people and ideas, to follow along with the replica of the original or the total transformation of the original same.

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Regardless of the obstacles present in academia about the theory of meme, it must be acknowledged that thanks to this increasingly affected era and defined by the communication on the Internet, this term has found, for its characteristics, exponential distribution, but mutarsi, from initial unit that propagates gradually through interpersonal contact of content transmitted simultaneously, in the phenomena of mass real, so overhanging the limits between the interpersonal communication and those of mass, those professional and amateur, those of the bottom upwards and vice versa.

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'Cultural units that are spread from person to person, the meme They were discussed long before the digital age. Yet the Internet has transformed the dissemination of meme in a highly visible practice and the term netizen It has become an integral part of newspeak, for vocabulary, own grammar and syntax man internetico " [7].

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In this communicative dynamics, the term meme the internet has become synonymous with a specific indicating the spread of a "particular idea" presented as written text, image, Linguistic move or other units of "things" cultural. Using that looks very similar to the academic world, but distinct between them, because the theory of "cultural evolution" primordial characteristic is the longevity of the transmitted idea. Instead, in the electronic world, the meme are the descriptions for recent trends characterized by short duration. If then in the academic sphere meme They are abstract conceptual units and often controversial, in net-sfera the meme are concrete phenomena and partially accepted by all. For last: see in meme create at the level of the theoretical evolutionary distinctions, In this case turn into individual ideas or formulas that have spread well. Indeed the meme, digitally, are groups of elements and content created with mutual awareness and sharing tied into a widespread popular cultural unity, imitated and transformed by individual users of the Internet, up to create a shared cultural experience in the process in which the personal level or micro also manages to model the "macro-structure" of society.

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The reason became so popular the phenomenon of meme the network, It is given by the enjoyment and pleasure caused in the user and can repeat or transform an activity that draws him out of his daily routine, It realized almost always together with other people. For this group approach the meme end up having a social and political impact, because they acquire a communicative role of "continuous talk time", with a strong push for debate, while remaining within the public informal and spontaneous conversations that start from the bottom, with the ability to create links between the individual and the collective, among the staff with the res-publica.

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The meme They have become the consequential natural elements for the study of the Internet and digital culture. Behavior memetico however again, because its scope of global scope is unprecedented. In this era of hyper-memetic circulation of copies and derivatives they gave copies to a greater sense of '' original ', to become today the reason of being of digital communication [8].

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Going beyond the scope of sociology, of anthropology and the study of the Internet, you could add, or even wanting to create a third analogy between natural evolution, cultural evolution and "epoch-making revolution," where meme It becomes the natural element for the study "ecclesiological" and behavior in the same today ecclesiastical structure. The first feature would be imitation fashion pauperistic clumsy and devoid of substance in the sermons of many ecclesiastics. The second characteristic may be constituted by the thrust and the challenge continues to exceed the so-called "old patterns", even if it means a border on the ridiculous and doctrinal ignorance, and everything is repeated socio-political speeches, both in a care setting devoid of any reference to the spiritual sphere, of the sacrum or the sacramentary. We would finally a third characteristic, also typical and totally exclusive scope ecclesiastical, not present in other environments: approval uncritical imposed as a typical model of dictatorial regimes around the world. From these two characteristics - but especially the third - one can derive that the raison d'être of this "new ecclesiology" of meme, It is a perfect imitation of reference to the principle described by the fable of the "naked king", which of course no one can criticize, because everyone must dance and dance like before the "greatest show after big bang"Blinded voluntarily or involuntarily in a closed perception of reality, ready to magnify attired king, which as is well known, however, it was naked. Through these dynamics it is realized and embodied the analogy of meme as live phenomena and disseminated exponentially within digital, rather poorly represented in other areas of life. Once you are fallen and finished trapped in these mechanisms, here is that the representatives of the ecclesiastical world end up being convinced to live and operate in the right and have really a breakthrough through this much-vaunted "epochal revolution" but, outside the small "Ecclesio-sphere" is now mocked, ignored and especially frowned upon by the People of God, as it soon will be also the same story, that will end up giving on it a very unforgiving and harsh judgment.

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Analyzing these features and reasons to be, it only remains to wonder about the length of time at all. Here too the principle of analogy meme as a new proposal on the ecclesiological "epochal revolution" today can give you some ideas not indifferent: see in meme remain a fast phenomenon mutable and restricted to the form of hegemonic current ecclesial body communication, his life will be very conditional by the design conception, in these times of constant change rooms, falls and survives only in small groups of faithful fans.

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If this phenomenon of meme It is examined from an anthropological socially Dawkins, remaining anchored to the principle of analogy of genes, we are in front of a viral mutation always in transformation that will only escalate into an exaltation in thinking, In word and in action not only totally alien to its "original gene", namely that Christianity which remains little or nothing; He will tend to degenerate into "misericordismo" as the starting point of a new religious expression, that only history will tell us when she managed to survive and to establish itself.

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Taking a current rating, it must be said that between the idea of ​​God and the idea meme Dawkins and clerical uomocentrismo, it appears that the two expressions are the two sides of the same coin, or that the latter is the consequence of the first. Wanting to then do an analysis more boost, I dare say that this centrality of man has long exceeded the anthropological turn of Karl Rahner. The centrality of the Word as proclaimed in the post council, He has come to make us sink into a kind of nihilistic hermeneutics: man today that interprets and defines the "Word" as a message left by the man of the past updating it according to the pleasures of this as would a parrot who put in front of a mirror you look and repeats sounds heard earlier type: "Hello," "good" "Love", "I love you"…

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The false illusory hope which now it comes before this new ecclesiology of meme It is to think or assume that tomorrow, in the next conclave, in the next pontificate or in a next possible council, everything returns as before by virtue of the refusal by the newly elected, surrounded by a large army of brave compact and coherent ecclesiastical, who will arrange everything in a flash, if anything, using the magic formula: hocus pocus

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The certainty of faith leads us instead to be firm on the principle that the Church, mystical body, It will never end. There will come a time when the test will come to life in the great apostasy and take new forms old and new heresies, There will be reforms and division, but the Church will remain always and only a. The certain hope is that this time will pass and, with it, They will also pass certain characters, that for active and effective charity they should be considered and treated as the sick in terminal state; the poor patients who do not want to accept that their life time is about to end and that soon they will be before God's Judgment, that to them will be severely merciful. While, survivors and their deeds and works, They will have to pay long and just as long to work, for groped to repair, even only partially, the serious damage produced by them.

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From the island of Patmos, 28 January 2020

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NOTE

[1] This term would be the Greek derivation of mimema (imitation).

[2] The Selfish Gene book centered on the hypothesis that it is not the group or individual but single gene that is transmitted in mechanical form and then forced evolution is not about how you transmit genes, but that genes are transmitted and spread to even regardless of factors and behaviors that may cause damage to the body - as well as the man is necessarily selfish while deeming to be selfless in fulfilling their own interests - so that it can maximize the transmission and dissemination of his genes.

[3] Richard Dawkins with his agnostic position explains the work the God Delusion It is that evolution demonstrates the possibility and the probability of evolving from simple to more complex beings without the intervention of any external cause or superior being or transcendental, It is that God as the source of everything explains nothing, and instead pushes to demonstrate an "infinite regress" in which this God is impassable and unlikely. So the idea of ​​God as religions are only accepted beliefs without Children as useful for survival, and that and then uncritically they are shared at the social level up to be the leading cause of division, of wars and violence.

[4] Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, Oxford University Press, 2006, p 193. [My free translation].

[5] Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, Oxford University Press, 2006, p 192. [My free translation].

[6] Cyber ​​attack technique is to modify appropriately to redirect packets of protocols and take control of websites.

[7] CF.Limor Shifman,«memes in a digital world reconciling with a conceptual troublemaker»

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jcc4.12013.

[8] CF.Limor Shifman,« memes in a digital world reconciling with a conceptual troublemaker»

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jcc4.12013]

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