RE: Words and memes: Memes and religion/cults

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Date: Thu Feb 28 2002 - 00:11:28 GMT

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    >At 01:41 PM 9/02/02 -0500, you wrote:
    > >
    > >So far as I know memetics has not been used to create a meme or resulting
    > >social movement for either good or evil.
    > >
    > >Keith Henson
    > >
    > >
    >Hi Keith
    >I would say that this is a moot point. Propagandists and jingoistic
    >nationalist campaigns use memetics (maybe without naming it as such). Add.
    >companies manufacture 'cool', cute, smart and so on with memetics.
    >Also, I suspect that the 'green' movement uses something close to memetics
    >to counter the engineered 'greed-is-good' meme(um, not that I would tho).
    >That's what I reckon anyway.
    Few if any creators of memes do so with evil intent. That judgement always
    comes later when the results of the propagation have been examined and
    evaluated. Hitler always swore he did what he did for the good of the
    people and I suspect that's what he believed. Milosovic is now laying claim
    to similar motives. Evil is how other people view our actions, when they
    do, not how we see them, until the damage has been done and the consequences


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