Re: Performance

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Thu 22 May 2003 - 16:54:12 GMT

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    On Thursday, May 22, 2003, at 11:53 AM, Reed wrote:

    > I think there is a minimum of two players.


    Show me.

    But wait- you can't.

    The venue, my dear Reed, includes the medium of transmission, and without that, you can't show me, and two players, regardless of what's in their heads, crammed full of rules and characters and props and ways to signify each and every one, can do nothing but keep this information in their heads.

    So, please, tell me again how the first player in your scenario- a performer without a place to perform- and the second player- an observer without a place to observe- can accomplish Macbeth?

    The venue is not only the space in which the performance takes place, but the time in which it does, and it is not only the time and the place, but the commanded aspects of allowance for the performance. It is both history and continuance. It is the very ground upon which the performer and the observer stand.

    It is not absent, or unnecessary, and every single memeinthemind model, including yours, has attempted to dismiss it.

    > Memes are small units and probably can't replicate any
    > more than a particular gene can. A virus is a collection large and
    > complex
    > enough to cause the host to express a performance.

    Did you really mean to say this? Is this not a radical departure, both in methodology and definition?

    - Wade

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