Re: virus: Re: Rationality
Wed, 26 Feb 97 10:48:32 GMT

David McFadzean wrote:

> I avoid using "manipulate" and "control" precisely because of the bad
> connotations hinder communication. "Teach" and "enlighten" obviously
> have better connotations, but also unwanted value judgements attached.
> That's why I prefer "influence", it seems to be a much more neutral term.

Influence is a much less powerful word, though. Do memes influence, or
do they control? Control is something definate, where another does
what you want, whilst influence is where one's effect on someone /may/
cause them to act the fashion you wanted them to.