virus: level 3

Ken Pantheists (
Tue, 12 Nov 1996 13:42:26 +0000

D. Leeper:
Yes, but these classifications of memes act differently from each other,
as I pointed out above. To say it's _just_ a meme is to ignore some
valuable analysis on their behaviors.

How do they behave differently? They infect, reproduce and spread.
That's all that matters, right?

The basis of democracy is people vote to elect their leaders. What's
basis of Level 3? Its been _months_ now and still no solid answer.

If that's all democracy meant, it would seem silly to invoke it in so
much of the political rhetoric that's out there. I think you have
conveniently simplified "democracy". I still hold that if I were to ask
a newly landed immigrant from a third world country "what is democracy?"
and a steel worker from New Jersey the same question, I would get two
different answers-- two versions of the meme.

As for Level 3- you're still asking the wrong question: there is no
solid answer. (Maybe you should try some less solid questions?)

I never said there was no meme called Level 3. I said that such a meme
poorly defined, sold, and used as a basis to insult people.

That's exactly how memes behave. Democracy fits the above description to
a T. Even if you still don't want to have anything to do with level
three, hasn't it been fun to just watch it "behave" on the list?

Ken Pantheists                   
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