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> Sociologists would argue that the word, the act, and its meaning are
> strongly tied together. Most memeticists probably agree that these
> spread together as a meme complex.
Members of a meme complex (memeplex) do have strong mutual
ties too, right? At least they shouldn't be incompatible or
mutually conflicting as the memeplex otherwise would disintegrate.
Therefore both interpretations are mere
reformulations of the same statement I would say.
>The meme may get its fitness from pushing a sexual button, according to
>Brodie's theory (2).
De act defies or breaks a sexual taboo and therefore has an
impression on observering bystanders likely to share the same
sentiments as the actual mooning-initiators. This may help the
mooning-wannabe's to cross the threshold imposed by the taboo,
thus promoting the adoption of the same provocative taboo-breaking
behavior by means of memetic transmission (imitation).
Is this an example of a more general type of behavior?
Once someone breaks a taboo (temporarily) as a provocative
act of defiance. Its observers and bystanders, perhaps en masse,
imitate the actor and as such break the taboo as well.
A memetic avalanche effect by means of taboo-breaking?
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