From: Gene Doty (email@example.com)
Date: Wed 23 Jun 2004 - 15:03:40 GMT
Van oost Kenneth wrote:
> Hi Gene, Keith and all others,
> Yes, traffic has been low, not in the least I thought I was the only one
> left to check everybody the list....
> But to give some comment,
> The only time I came across the word ' meme' outside the main
> stream of those interested in them was in a magazine about art,
> more specifically in an article about art- critique.
> " If the idea about ' art in crisis ' didn 't have such a low number
> of hits on the Web ( 92 Google- points) we could talk about it
> as being a meme." ( Translation)
> The writer of the article is upset that others don 't see that the
> world of art(s) is in crisis, and moreover that the critique about
> and over art is even more. She talks further about that the
> critique is part of being a populistic- scheme of those who
> wants to bring art ( back) to the streets.
> Art, in the writers her point of view, stands above the common
> cultural critique and is and should be just the crowbar to have
> critique in the first place about what happens in the cultural dis-
> course of today.
This example is along the lines of what I'm interested in. One concern
is that literary--artistic--ctritical types will misuse and abuse the
concept of memes. (I'm with Alan Sokal on the misuse of science by
literay theorists.) On the other hand, the literary/cultural instances
of memes seem legitimate for pursuit. Memetics is different in many ways
from fluid dynamics, right?
I'm posting a separate message about my own approach.
Feedback--questions, suggestions, cautions--are all welcome.
In my experience, traffic on lists tends to fluctuate quite a bit.
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