From: Mogens Olesen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 09 Feb 2006 - 12:20:09 GMT
Actually, my media focus is more in the tradition of Medium Theory (e.g.
McLuhan, Levinson, Meyrowitz). That is, I plan to look more at the
evolution of different media forms, especially focusing on the
development of language, print and the internet. My idea is that, with
inspiration from memetics’ evolution concepts, you can improve on Medium
Theory’s understanding of the development mechanisms in the history of
Along the way, as I dig into the memetic world, I will gladly try to
increase my activity on this list.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf
Of Kate Distin
Sent: 9. februar 2006 12:06
Subject: Re: Cartoon meme
Mogens Olesen wrote:
> Hi Kate,
> I'm a Danish ph.d.-student (for just over a week now) at the
> for film and media at Copenhagen University. I have been lurking on
> 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
> pretty much on line with our present government which is right wing
> 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
> caused by frustration and disagreements. Maybe the report that you
> 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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