Re: virus: Re: sociological change

Alex Williams (
Tue, 31 Dec 1996 09:48:32 -0500 (EST)

> I should qualify by calling it something like "mythic experience" or
> "reflected experience".

More your "social niche," as it applies more to how you deal with
others than how you deal with sensorial input.

> I'm talking about texts that inform you to behave a certain way because
> you indirectly take ownership of the experience (Get infected by the
> meme basically)

Precisely, the things we're talking about here are the things memetics
was originally conceived to describe and explain. Who is prone to
pick up these memes, who's prone to spreading them, how do they mutate
on the way.

> The fad of the sexy nerd (myth? oxymoron?) ;)

Total myth. Total. I wish it /would/ spread, it'd be a more
worthwhile memengineering feat than spreading the CoV any day. :)

> My point being-- memes enter your head and change your perspective on
> your experience.

More you pick up memes when exposed to those who either are infected
with them or possess them and /want/ you to be infected with them.
Once they're in your head you either use them actively (are infected
by them) or they're inactive `reference' memes, much like we can
discuss the LA Gang Behaviour meme without acting like LA Gang