From: Van oost Kenneth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri 09 May 2003 - 19:50:14 GMT
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From: "Wade T. Smith" <email@example.com>
> > Performances are only to be perceived in a language we can
> > understand_ any peformance has to be ' written ' in a language
> > which is communicable
> Don't forget that the audience is, at all times, interpreting through
> their perceptions- there is no _direct_ transmission of cultural
> content. This is the prime error of the memesinthemind model- there is
> nothing that passes across or remains intact. Perceiver1 is not
> Perceiver2, nor is Performer1 Performer2, nor is venue1 venue2. And,
> Time1 is also never Time2, and all these uniquenesses are simple facts
> of the universe. The fact that conditions allow several factors (of a
> life form, or a culture) to remain structurally stable is the working
> effect of evolution, and in the case of culture, the working effect of
Wouldn 't than not be fair to drag in something like ' memetic- acts '
analogious to Austins/ Searle 's ' speech- acts ' !?
Not what is performed is important, but what it ( whatever that is)
PERFORMS by ' performing ' is.
What is important is what is really intented, and that can be only
be determined by the contextual info that the speaker relies on the
audience to be understood_ what is ' suggested ' within/ by the
abstraction is what is really gets transmitted and that thus is the
Interpretation like you write becomes more ' produce uptake '
in Austin- terms_ if the words/ performance are understood
as intented by the speaker and produce some effect by the
listener and thus effect more than just the words/ performance
mean ( what thus IMO interpretation stands for) than it is just
a/ the MEME.
The MEME is expressed/ transformed/ transmitted/ perfor- med/ communicated/ recognized and thus propagated, evolves and succeeds in its being ' alive ', it exists and ' can do things ' ! There is thus, indeed, no direct transmission of cultural content, what is ' transmitted ' so to speak...what is the MEME is the/ a kind of ' promised ' info generated by someone's acting, saying, doing, performing.
A memetic- act, a meme would than be that kind of biological
element that not conveys implicit information, but attempts to
sway the listener/ the observer/ the reader in ' doing ' some-
Or is this to far from the beaten performance- path you suggest !?
Many regards though,
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