Re[2]: Robert Aunger essay

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Sat 15 Apr 2006 - 07:08:54 GMT

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    Friday, April 14, 2006, 9:47:52 PM, Scott wrote:

    > Do the provcesses of reading versus listening have any
    > effects on the way content is apprehended by the receiver? Are the
    > substrates truly neutral?

    Not sure what you have in mind there, but I'd insist that the book and the (unedited) tape or CD of someone reading it contain the same information, even though the medium might have various effects on the memetic propagation. I suppose it's a matter of degree, though, when the total packages -- content plus medium effects -- are compared. Maybe book and CD are 98% the same? Also, I think it's important to distinguish between effects on the individuals encountering the packages on one hand from distribution differentials on the other. I'd guess medium has more effect on the latter than the former.

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