virus: The End is Nigh!

Tim Rhodes (
Thu, 5 Jun 1997 10:58:33 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 4 Jun 1997, John ''!Boolean'' Williams wrote:

> Question (to anyone): how much is the doomsday "meme" spread because of the
> availability of information from all over the world?

I'll suggest that the Doomsday Meme is a useful cultural tool. We
wouldn't have the works of Steven Hawkings if he hadn't become ill as
decide to do something with his last years. Doomsday offers the same "act
now while supplies last" imperative to the culture as a whole.

-Prof. Tim