Re: Memetic vulnerability: was: Faking It

From: Kenneth Van Oost (
Date: Thu Jul 19 2001 - 10:08:31 BST

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    Hi Lawrence,
    You wrote,

    > I don't think memes are so robust as to be 'unbeatable' once launched.
    The earlier meme cannot be designed with all its potential future
    competitors in mind, but a new competing meme can be designed to counter an
    earlier meme using linguistic tactics that target the earlier memes specific
    > and weaknesses. The later meme can thus more requisite variety than the
    > earlier one. True the earlier meme has the advantage of being ensconced
    > (Chris's term: resident), but the new meme is not without significant
    > responsive advantage.

    << This works IMO not in the real sense of the word, but as in a thought-
    experiment it would !!
    Once a meme is set, all possible and all probable future competitors are
    locked up in the main stream ( or niche if you prefer) which the meme
    will occupy or already does occupy.

    Remerber, IMO in a way, the " form " under which a meme is set includes
    all of its possible and all of its probable consequences.
    Each meme is in a sense " de novo " because she will occupy each time
    a new niche never occupied by others before.
    That is, each time there is a thought about the weather wherever in the
    world, each time that counts for a new meme. And that thought will have
    its own niches to live and die by.
    No meme is ever the same !!

    And therefor, each meme is in a way " designed " with all its potential,
    possible and probable competitiors. Not in the real sense of the word,
    ' in mind ', but nevertheless...

    Best regards,


    ( I am, because we are) occupied

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