Re: virus: Saints

Reed Konsler (
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 09:10:38 +0100

>Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 10:26:39 -0800 (PST)
>From: Tim Rhodes <>
>Subject: Re: virus: _____ of Virus
>On Mon, 1 Dec 1997, Paul Prestopnik wrote:
>> This is an example of how the e-mail "chain letter" idea could help. If
>> the email is about memes and meta memes, then by definition it will spread
>> the holy writ of the CoV, plus if we include some sort of feedback, it will
>> allow study of how a meme actually travels. I would be interested in
>> implementing this idea if others would be willing to help (feedback, and
>> distribution). What does everyone think?
>A chain letter with a brief explaination of what a meme is and the
>istructions to pass it on lest ill fortune befall you and your loved ones?
>- -Prof. Tim

Douglas Rushkoff
_Media Virus: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture_ p 249-255 (Chapter 8 "the net")

example therein of just such an "autonym" virus shell communicated by
e-mail. Not exactly chain letter format, but hey it's like 5 years out
of date...memetic engineering has advanced since then, right?


Reed Konsler