Re: electric meme bombs

From: Wade Smith (
Date: Wed 16 Oct 2002 - 18:32:58 GMT

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    On Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at 02:06 , wrote:

    > In five minutes I shall sing "London Bridges". Anyone else can make a
    > similar decision regarding a ditty whose melody and lyrics they know,
    > that is, whose memetic structure they have internalized.

    Let me hear it, or it is not a meme.

    (Besides, is that not 'London Bridge is Falling Down'? I don't know a song called 'London Bridges'. I know a song called 'London' (one of my alltime faves), and 'The Tricks of London' (not on my fave list), both by Steeleye Span. So, not only do you have to sing this song of yours
    _and_ let me hear it in some way, by realtime or artifactual transmission, but you need to do this because I have no reference whatsoever for this song of yours, and I cannot attempt to replicate a meme I have not seen, and have no reference for. You see the difficulty, I hope. I cannot sing your song- I cannot replicate your meme, because, not only have I not heard it, but I have no idea what it might even sound like. Totally without ground, this meme of yours, which means _you have to perform it_. You have no other choice, and the meme itself will not _be_ until you do.)

    Besides, you have no idea, really, what that song will actually sound like. Your voice might crack in the second verse. You might forget the words.

    Haddock's Eyes.

    - Wade

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