Re: virus: sentimemes

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Mon, 18 Aug 1997 10:05:55 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 15 Jul 1997, Ken Pantheists wrote:

> Following from the contact thread.
> The Director who did Contact also directed Forrest Gump
> There are two intersting memetic issues that can be drawn from this
> guy's work.
> 1) Almost every American I know loved Gump and thought it was a real
> feel good movie. Almost every Canadian I know thought Gump was okay, but
> mostly syruppy.
<second point, on video sampling, snipped>

This is a belated response, but my reaction to both movies still gnaws at
me. I would recommend Contact far above Gump, but they had a similar
effect on me: I simultaneously had a warm-friendly reaction, and felt
used and manipulated. I think the manipulation of emotion was less
skillful in Gump, or maybe the rest of the content was just better in
Contact, but there was an element of something 'tasting funny' for me in
both. Anybody else feel this way, or care to discuss?