This seems topical and a favorite controversy of mine.
Are virii living things?
My opinion is that virii are just as alive as you or I. I believe that any reproducing pattern can be reasonably classed as "life", but virii and prions are extremely basic life-forms that exist only as parasites.
@gdkar yes memes(in the original sense, self-reproducing ideas that spread from person to person) are an example of extremely basic and abstract forms of life.
Cybrespace is an instance of Mastodon, a social network based on open web protocols and free, open-source software. It is decentralized like e-mail.