Re: Giving a presentation on memetics

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Mon 28 Nov 2005 - 12:22:37 GMT

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    >From: Chris Taylor <>
    >Subject: Re: Giving a presentation on memetics
    >Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 11:27:23 +0000
    >The bad thing with the bird flu issue is the number of people that have
    >gone for _seasonal_ flu jabs thinking that affords some protection against
    >bird flu (which it does not).
    >Flu is flu is flu (apparently). The dominance of one meme over another; the
    >flu meme has accrued to itself some of the properties of the bird flu meme
    >by some kind of subsumption/recombination; reminds me of the John Carpenter
    >version of 'The Thing'.
    >And again (just like all the antibiotics prescribed for common cold etc.)
    >GPs are finding it simpler to just prescribe rather than discuss (given
    >limited time, and the independent benefits of the flu jab). This would be
    >fine if the seasonal flu jabs were unlimited but now many at risk types
    >won't get one and it'll be plain old dull flu that kills them in what is
    >shaping up to be a cold winter.
    The cultural epidemic of bird flu has some possibly serious repercussions. Just as the 9-11 terrorist attacks brought U.S. the Patriot Act, the prospect of avian influenza has some people toying with the idea of messing with the safeguard known as *Posse Comitatus*:

    I'm no legal expert (Ray Recchia?), so I'm not sure how this could affect us in the long run, but I hope it doesn't result in a scenario depicted in that Bruce Willis/Denzel Washington movie _The Siege_. It just goes to show what the spread of panic can do and how it can be manipulated by those in power.

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