Re: Example of an aggresive irrational meme

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    > Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2002 10:35:00 -0900
    > From: "Philip Jonkers" <>
    > Subject: Re: Example of an aggresive irrational meme
    > 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?

    Still not I'm afraid. Not a bad film though, just not worth all the praise
    that was heaped upon it. he did much better with Band Of Brothers.
    >>> ps. As for not passing on: yes it is... perhaps not to everyone but it
    > still
    >>> winded up in
    >>> my mailbox.
    > Steve:
    >> Many things have transmission potential, but die due to the environment
    > they
    >> 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....

    This is true. And as a rational person should you aid propagating crap? :-)
    > Steve:
    >> 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.
    > Philip.

    I prefer successful to aggressive. It lives or it dies. Another may be
    infectious which also does without assigning behaviours to a meme.



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