Re: Hollywood Economics: putting math to memes

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Sun 14 Aug 2005 - 15:48:18 GMT

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    Friday, August 12, 2005, 6:15:37 PM, William wrote:

    > A review of

    > Arthur De Vany, Hollywood Economics, Routledge, 2004.

    > De Vany presents a profound and imaginative treatment of the economics of
    > the movie business, one that has implications, not only for similar
    > businesses, such as publishing and music, but for our understanding of the
    > dynamics of culture. When Richard Dawkins coined the term "meme" he
    > unwittingly paved the way for tons and tons of sexy but shallow commentary
    > on human culture. Though that is not what he set out to do "meme" never
    > shows up in the book De Vany has given mathematical form to the behavior
    > of movie memes and has demonstrated that it is the people who are in change,
    > not the memes.

    It's probably just me, but I couldn't see why you said that, in what followed. Could you give me a brief pointer?

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