Re: Cartoon meme

From: Kate Distin (
Date: Thu 09 Feb 2006 - 11:05:54 GMT

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    Mogens Olesen wrote:
    > Hi Kate,
    > I'm a Danish ph.d.-student (for just over a week now) at the department
    > for film and media at Copenhagen University. I have been lurking on this
    > list for a few months trying to get more information about memetics
    > which I find a highly interesting topic. My plan is to use memetics in
    > an evolutionary perspective on media history.
    > But back to the topic... I wouldn't call Jyllands-Posten a far-right
    > paper. But it is definitely located on the right wing. I think they are
    > pretty much on line with our present government which is right wing but
    > not extreme. I could, though, imagine that people for the far left
    > sometimes are inclined to call Jyllands-Posten (and the government)
    > far-right wing. But that is a bit of an overstatement which probably is
    > caused by frustration and disagreements. Maybe the report that you cite
    > origins from the left wing?
    > All the best,
    > Mogens Olesen

    Thanks for this, Mogens. I don't know anything about the ENAR, which originated the report but, as you say, maybe from its perspective Jyllands-Posten does look far-right.

    It strikes me that media history is a prime target for a cultural evolutionary approach. Last year I read a couple of books about the Britsh media (Andrew Marr's "My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism", and Piers Morgan's "The Insider") and it struck me then that media history and the development of media stories might helpfully be characterized as memetic. I'd be interested to hear more when your research gets going.


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