Re: virus: Power

Ken Pantheists (
Fri, 26 Jul 1996 22:31:54 -0700

KMO wrote:
> Overt attempts to regulate "memetic material" come in the forms of
> censorship and copyright protection.

Yes. I couldn't agree with you more. But, again, I'm not talking about
regulating. I suppose the closest analogy I can make is an artist's
manifesto. Manifestos are went out of style with modernism, but there is
value to a group of people getting together and hashing out what moves
them about what they do.

We've already done this in many ways already.

I think it's kind of fun that this is called a "church" of virus, it's
not like other discussion lists. It's smaller and a little more personal
and friendly.

Decentralized systems like the
> internet and, more generally, the info-sphere (sometimes called the
> ideo-sphere or the global meme-pool; I call it the C-Realm, i.e. the Realm
> of Consciousness) treat the blockage as damage and route around it.

I think of the infosphere as very un-sphere-like. i.e. it does not have
the unity of a sphere. It exists because (and in spite of) billions of
private experiences. These experiences are coming closer together
because of electronic media-- kind of like all the insects of the world,
which you don't notice much when they are in the world-- but imagine all
of them in your house. Your suddenly swimming in insects!

Memetics gives you a choice.-- you don't have to let all of the insects
in your house. You have memetic bug screens!

I'm getting way off topic-- let me just say that I agree with what you
say about censorship. But what I'm talking about is exercising
judgement-- good judgement, good self judgement.

Ultimately that's what an ethical choice is, no?

What would you do if you new someone were propogating a meme about you
that you knew to be false?

I'm not talking about a rumour. I'm talking about a whole cultural
attitude about you and those associated with you that said, maybe, you
kidnap children and eat them?

Would you just let that meme through?

Ken Pantheists                          
Virus Theatre           
TooBa Physical Theatre Centre