Re: virus: 200 words for snow

Grant Callaghan (
Wed, 4 Jun 1997 15:21:58 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 4 Jun 1997, Tim Rhodes wrote:

> > > What will you think the next time you read something using
> > > "400 words for snow" as an example?
> > The same thing I though when I just saw you use it. It is serving the
> > purpose for which you are using it. You are using it to make a different
> > point, but you are using it and have just propagated it to hundreds or
> > thousands of other minds on the Internet.
> Really? I thought Reed had successfully propigated the "If the
> 400-words-for-snow thing isn't true how many of my insights are based on
> rumor" meme. I must not be paying attention.
There's a problem that memetics has yet to clear up. If someone uses
a meme to make a different point, does that make it a new meme? If so,
then we just might have 600 memes for snow.

Grant Callaghan

A meme is a terrible thing to waste.