Re: Mooning

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Date: Sun Jun 17 2001 - 19:34:33 BST

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    Hi everyone,

    > 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?

    Chris Taylor wrote,
    Good call - it's like those frenzy scenes in films where a bag of money
    has been cast to the four winds, then someone starts grabbing (money
    that isn't theirs) and soon everyone dives in. The opposite would be
    where thirty people watch someone drown without moving, because everyone
    held the belief that someone else (presumably better suited than them)
    would do something.

    << The recent perspective to the points you mention as above state that
    those behaviors are due to our fundamental desire, if I may use that word,
    to belong to a group.
    Recent research shows that the ' group attitude ' is a stronger emotion
    than being an or one individual.
    From my perspective it surely indicates that most people are not
    " individuals " but only followers of " individuality habits ".

    A famous research program, early 70 or 80 's is the one about those guys
    locked up in a prison, where one group acts as the gards and the other as
    the prisoners.
    Prisoner,... I forgo his number, I will check it out if you want, did not
    approve the attitude of the gards, objected the way he was treated and
    organised a revolt. His fellow prisoners betrayed him and so he became
    locked up in an isolated cell for a few days.
    Nice psychological test...

    And in addition, I don 't think a Dutch translation exist for the word
    We have one for a " streaker " ( a flitser we call such people), but not
    one that I can recall for mooning.
    Perhaps Philip Jonkers can help us out.
    There is quit a difference between the use of words in Holland and
    Belgium. In Holland there are more winged words, but presumbly
    that goes the other way round too.

    Take it away Philip,

    Best regards,


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