From: Wade T. Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat 10 May 2003 - 03:10:11 GMT
On Friday, May 9, 2003, at 04:41 PM, memetics-digest wrote:
> 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-
> thing !?
> Or is this to far from the beaten performance- path you suggest !?
Yes, it is a bit too far, and starting to wander in another direction,
but, it stays within earshot.
The performance model allows for no intentional transmission on the
part of any participant, or at least, does not require it, and there is
also nothing being transmitted in this model, as there is in the
memesinthemind model, which is its single and deadly flaw, as meaning
is never something that was ever possibly transmitted.
Culture commands intention, and strong cultures command severe
intention, but the performer and the performance do not. The performer,
and the performance, are affected by the commands of culture (which are
always attempts to continue performances of a certain form), as
cultural intention is present in the venue and the time and milieu of
performance. (The political speech is presented from a podium in a
rented hall- the dance on a stage- the soup in the kitchen.)
But, yes, culture itself does attempt to deny its immediate audience
access to other forms of performance- (when you see Die Valkyrie at the
Met, you cannot see Puppetry of the Penis in the East Village)- by
commanding inclusion in the performance space of all participants, and
memetics is the workings of this inclusion.
Memetics is, perhaps, the blind playwright of culture.
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