Mural by the meme artist XVALA covering graffiti artist Banksy’s Steve Jobs Mural in Calais, France | March 2019 | Photo: Wikimedia Commons, used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Memes, Antisemitism, and The Press

By Susan McGregor

Decades before the dawn of the consumer internet, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the term “meme” in his popular 1976 book The Selfish Gene. As Dawkins conceived it, a “meme” was essentially anything — from clothing styles to melodies — that was replicated across human groups without relying on actual genetic information. While present throughout human history, this…