Re: virus: Re: Manipulation 101 Lesson 10

David McFadzean (
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 17:22:57 -0700

At 12:19 PM 23/02/97 -0800, Tadeusz Niwinski wrote:

>Calling all memes "viruses" looses the distinction of building and
>destroying. Why don't we call memes -- memes?

Nobody said we should call all memes "viruses". It was suggested that
all memes are like viruses, not just memes we don't happen to like.

>The deadly notion that ALL ideas are "dinky little viruses" is produced only
>in one temple in Seattle. You can get infected there for only $29 (plus $5

I think Richard Brodie reserves the term "mind virus" for the effects of
memes in the real world. Did he ever say "dinky little viruses"? If not,
why are you quoting it?

Lesson #11: Quote someone out of context in order to ridicule him:

>registration fee). Fine cognac and cigars are also offered until the wee
>hours afterwards (the ad doesn't say if they are included in the price).
>Ah, life.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus