Practices and Mores

Memes serve as a kind of social fabric. This fabric is elastic and ever changing, however.
Our daily routines could be uprooted by major upheavals, such as a civil rights movement, or a relatively small change, such as a birth or death in a family.
Our practices and mores can be considered memes in different ways:
• Social norms
• Initiation
• Tradition

Memes as Social Norms

It’s always fun to observe a social norm being broken. For instance, try watching a man order a piña colada in a biker bar. The macho guys will probably react a certain way, as if some social contract has been broken—which is essentially what has happened. Some bars even place a sign that says, “We don’t serve piña coladas, cosmopolitans, or any ...

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