Re: Example of an aggresive irrational meme

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Sat Mar 02 2002 - 19:35:00 GMT

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    Hi Steve,

    > > IMHO: In My Humble Opinion;
    > > IMO: In My Opinion;
    > > IIRC: If I Recall (Remember or perhaps Retrieve) Correctly;
    > > LOL: Lots of Laughs;
    > > FUBAR: Go See `Saving Private Ryan';

    > I've seen Saving Private Ryan, but don't recall FUBAR

    That's weird, because the acronym was used repeatedly and was
    even elaborated upon by corporal Upham. Anyway, I'll quit playing around:
    FUBAR: Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition...
    Ring a bell?

    > > ps. As for not passing on: yes it is... perhaps not to everyone but it
    > > winded up in
    > > my mailbox.

    > Many things have transmission potential, but die due to the environment
    > find themselves in. This one died in my environment (my brain) as i refuse
    > to pass it on.

    It only `died out' in your mind, not in many (less rational) others....

    > Also IMO memes don't have traits such as aggressive or irrational any more
    > than they have a colour, as the meme is the behaviour, rather than a
    > possessor of the behaviour.

    Of course, qualifiers like `aggressive', 'nice' or 'selfish' pertain only to
    decision making
    entities. In memetics when we say a meme is aggressive, selfish we mean that
    in a metaphorical
    not literal way. An aggressive meme is a meme that is designed to emphasize
    on transmission
    rather than virtue.


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