Meme spotting

Bill Benzon (
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 07:07:56 -0400

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Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 07:07:56 -0400
From: (Bill Benzon)
Subject: Meme spotting

Over the last few years a number of US TV shows, mostly situation comedies,
have adopted a certain practice. At the end of the show, while they're
rolling the credits, we'll see snippits of shots from that day's show where
the actors messed up in some way. My sense is that this started happened
after Jackie Chan movies started showing up in mainstream theatrical
release here. That's relevant because Jackie Chan regularly does that at
the end of his movies. So I figure that the TV shoes got the idea from

Of course, we can think of this practice as a meme. What I want to know,
is how did the meme do it? How did it reach out from these Jackie Chan
movies, grab the minds to TV produces, and then get them to do the same

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