“The idea of a meme is itself new. Coined in 1976, the word “meme” – something that spreads rapidly through a culture – was restricted to scientific contexts until the mid-1990s, according to the Nexis database. Since then the usage of the word has exploded, more than tripling in the last five years.
Posting this because I, too, believe that “to subscribe to The New Yorker is to accept the feeling of inadequacy that comes with [doing just about anything] rather than attacking the unread pile of them on your bedside table.” (And The Economist is a close second; these days, I reserve it for airplanes.)
So, I’m eager to follow the travails of NYTMag editors as one of them reads an entire issue of another magazine every day for the next two weeks, and reports back on what they learned. Bated breath.