RE: meme as catalytic indexical 2nd try at posting

From: Richard Brodie (
Date: Fri 30 Jan 2004 - 14:18:48 GMT

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    M Lissack wrote:

    > E.g. usually a telegraphed s.o.s. means help but it could
    > mean a type of steel wool scouring pad if transmitted to a
    > harried husband shopping in a store.
    > It could be the customer's initials if sent to an engraver.
    > It could be a reference to Colin Powell (Sec of State). etc

    There is a brand of cell phone that, when it receives a message, beeps the Morse code for "SMS": dit-dit-dit DAH-DAH dit-dit-dit. That's only one DAH off from SOS and every time I hear it I feel alarmed in spite of myself, imagining for the briefest instant that some Titanic is about to hit an iceberg.

    Richard Brodie

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