Re: virus: Tabacco mind virus.

Eric Boyd (
Wed, 06 Aug 1997 02:04:17 -0500

Tony Hindle wrote:

> I am still waiting for one of these memetic experts to come up
> with a better suggestion than
> "If you have terminal Tobacco induced cancer, then think about
> killing a tobbaco plc spokesperson"
> So far there has been a load of "you cant do that" but very
> little reasoning.


I thought we had brought up some very good points, Tony

1) we don't want to spread "death can be a force for good" idea
2) some of us couldn't bring ourselves to do it, anyway
3) death is actually a memetic *advantage*. That is, the
death of t. co. spokepersons might actually lead
to increased sales.
(just remember the "Death Lights" cigs. in England)
-- associating cigs. with death actually "turns on"
people of my age, who are *looking* for ways to
rebel, to risk themselves.
4) The place to work is not at the source, as you intend, but
at the *destintation*. That is, rather than killing the
t. spokepersons, thus hoping to curb the t. meme, why
not just design a memetic campaign to make their
meme's ineffective? That is, make an antibody.
(something like Eva mentioned, a while back)
5) other's I have forgotten