Re: virus: URGENT: TV opportunity

Tim Rhodes (
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 09:50:00 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 29 Jul 1997, Richard Brodie wrote:

> I just got a call from the producer of the Strange Universe TV show.

The meme mothership herself!!! Dawkins be praised!

> They want me to go on and talk about Church of Virus among other
> things, but there's a catch. Since it's a TV show, they need something
> VISUAL to broadcast that's more interesting than me sitting around
> talking.

I think David has the right idea, we need a ritual, virtual or otherwise,
for them. The midnight invocation of the all-powerful Meme That Can Not
Be Uttered and accompanying prayers for mercy and providence (and maybe a
token sacrifice or the like, virgins driped in blood, black candles, you
know the shtick).

They already use a lot of fast edits between web-page art and real life to
make the most mundane story have punch. So we shouldn't need to give them
that much to run with...

And there is that workshop we're having on the 9th about how to hide memes
in the subharmonics of the voice so they slip past the victims linguistic
defenses and go straight into their psyche at full strength. (At least
that's the story I'm sticking to if they ask me what we're doing ;-)

-Prof. Tim