virus: Virian Tarot?

Reed Konsler (
Sat, 28 Sep 1996 10:44:19 -0400

>Date: Fri, 27 Sep 96 11:52:14 BST
>...Hence, a true memetic Tarot deck would have
>to be without lables even. This makes the job of the artist harder. Let me
>give an example, which may not necessarily be valid, because I don't know
>anything about Tarot:
> Suppose that the artist was required to depict "War" on a Tarot card.
> I can see that this would be fairly straight forward, but then look
> back at the picture in your mind, and tell me that it cannot be
> interpreted as "Fight", or "Battle", or "Conflict" - a subtle
> difference, I Know, but it might be important. Just imagine that
> instead of the "Falklands War", there was the "Falklands Fight"!
> Doesn't this conjure up images of a few pissed people having a punch
> up in a field!!

Inge Bell published a book called "This Book is not Required" which as one
of it's excercises asked the reader to do something similar. The point is
an old one, in that different words conjure up different images. This is
how we get spin-doctors. "Shell Shock" becomes "Combat Fatigue" and then
"Post Traumatic Stress Disorder"... Just imagaine "World Massacre I" and
"World Massacre II" or "The Gulf


Reed Konsler