Date: Wed 01 Oct 2003 - 16:51:29 GMT
Good list. 'Snow Crash' by Neal Stephenson? It's a good SF book but I don't
recall anything more memetic about it than a dozen other cyberpunk novels.
Just a couple to add. Although much criticised here Robert Aunger's
'Electric Meme' should probably be on your list.
I would also recommend the first chapter of Agner Fog's 'Cultural Selection'
for excellent research into the history of the concept of cultural
selection. It can be found online at
http://www.agner.org/cultsel/toc.php. The whole 'r/k cultures' concept he
espouses in later chapters is a bit of an oversimplification, but that first
chapter is worth reading. He also has a chapter on the mass media online
but I haven't read it.
I can't think of anything more specific to your topic offhand.
Raymond O. Recchia
Stephanie Vie writes:
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>> Subject: memetics comps exam list--pop culture, advertising, rhetoric &
>> I've just recently joined this list. I am studying for my comprehensive
>> exams for a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English.
>> One of my areas is memetic theory. I am looking for bibliographic
>> references that have to do with the intersection of pop culture,
>> advertising/propaganda, rhetoric & composition, and fiction with memetic
>> theory (fun to read and/or available at my library or online is good...)
>> Could anyone take a look at what I've got so far and maybe make
>> suggestions? I'd be forever indebted! Thanks :)
>> Stephanie Vie
>> You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and
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> Part III. Memetic Theory as a Analytical Framework [15 books, 15 articles]
> Memetic theory has been applied outside of the field of rhetoric and
> composition to explain social change and adaptation, particularly in
> analysis of computer viruses and media/advertising. However, little
> attention to memetics has been paid in our field historically, leaving it
> as a theoretical framework rich for application to the current adaptation
> and use of technology in the writing classroom. As we shift from a more
> traditional writing classroom to hybridized classrooms utilizing
> technologies and virtual spaces, we must look critically at the reasoning
> behind adopting particular technologies and their potential effects on the
> instructor, students, and classroom. The texts on this list offer
> background reading in memetic theory (Aunger, Blackmore, Dawkins) as well
> as connections and intersections between memetic theory and
> advertising/media studies (Ellul), computer technology (Friedman,
> Johnson-Eilola, Postman), fiction (Burroughs, Stephenson), and
> sociocultural behavior (Balkin, Brodie, Hill, Lynch, Paicheler).
> Some of the questions I pose in this list are:
> · How do I define memetic theory as well as the concept of a
> · What is the history of memetic theory?
> · How has memetic theory been used as a theoretical framework
> outside of rhetoric and composition? Particularly, how has memetic theory
> been used in: pop culture (i.e. fiction), analysis of computer viruses,
> and analysis of media and/or advertising?
> · How can memetic theory be applied to the intersection of
> technology and pedagogy in writing instruction?
> Aunger, Robert, ed. Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a
> Science. New York: Oxford UP, 2000.
> Balkin, J. M. Cultural Software: A Theory of Ideology. New Haven, CT: Yale
> UP, 1998.
> Blackmore, Susan. The Meme Machine. New York: Oxford UP, 1999.
> Brodie, Richard. Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme. Seattle:
> Integral Press, 1996.
> Burroughs, William S. The Ticket that Exploded. New York: Grove Press,
> Castelfranchi, Cristiano. Towards a Cognitive Memetics: Socio-Cognitive
> Mechanisms for Memes Selection and Spreading.Journal of Memetics:
> Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission 5.1 (2001): page #s.
> Clark, S. R. L. Minds, Memes and Rhetoric.Inquiry 36 (1993): 3-16.
> Dawkins, Richard. The Selfish Gene. New York: Oxford UP, 1999.
> ---. Viruses of the Mind.Free Inquiry 13.3 (1993): 34-41.
> Dennett, Daniel C. Memes and the Exploitation of Imagination.Journal of
> Aesthetics and Art Criticism 48 (1990): 127-35.
> Dixon, Kathleen. Making and Taking Apart Culturein the (Writing)
> Classroom.Left Margins: Cultural Studies and Composition Pedagogy. Albany,
> NY: State U of New York P, 1995: 99-114.
> Du Preez, Peter. The Evolution of Altruism.Political Psychology 17.3
> (1996): 563-567.
> Ellul, Jacques. Propaganda: The Formation of Mens Attitudes. New York:
> Vintage Books, 1973.
> Friedman, Matthew. Fuzzy Logic: Dispatches from the Information
> Revolution. Montréal: Véhicule Press, 1997.
> Gatherer, Derek. Why the Thought ContagionMetaphor is Retarding the
> Progress of Memetics.Journal of Memetics: Evolutionary Models of
> Information Transmission 2.2 (1998): page #s.
> Heylighen, Francis. Selfish Memes and the Evolution of
> Cooperation.Journal of Ideas 2.4 (1992): 77-84.
> Hill, Michael W. The Impact of Information on Society: An Examination of
> its Nature, Value, and Usage. London: Bowker Saur, 1999.
> Johnson-Eilola, Johndan. Wild Technologies: Computer Use and Social
> Possibility.Computers and Technical Communication: Pedagogical and
> Programmatic Perspectives. Stuart Selber, ed. Greenwich, CT: Ablex, 1997:
> Lynch, Aaron. Thought Contagion: How Belief Spreads Through Society. New
> York: Basic Books, 1996.
> Paicheler, Geneviéve. The Psychology of Social Influence. New York: Oxford
> UP, 1988.
> Patterson, M.L. Accelerating Innovation: A Dip into the Meme
> Pool.National Productivity Review 19.4 (1990): 53-58.
> Postman, Neil. The Ideology of Machines: Computer Technology.Technopoly:
> The Surrender of Culture to Technology. New York: Knopf, 1992: 107-122.
> Sloop, John M. and Mark Olson. Cultural Struggle: A Politics of Meaning in
> Rhetorical Studies.At the Intersection: Cultural Studies and Rhetorical
> Studies. New York: Guilford, 1999.
> Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam Books, 1992. [PS3569.T3868]
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