From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Wed 09 Apr 2003 - 14:50:10 GMT

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    If it really is possible to track memes in the same way as one can track real viruses, it ought to be possible to produce at least as good a curve for the putative 'travel avoiding' meme as for the real virus.

    derek gatherer

    We should keep in mind that memes about things like SARS are now distributed over TV, radio and print media while contagion by the virus itself needs person to person contact in order to spread. I don't see any way to compare the spread of the two things. The whole world became aware of the SARS virus the same day it struck the people of Hongkong. The actual affliction is moving a great deal slower.


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