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>On Friday, January 11, 2002, at 01:35 , Grant Callaghan wrote:
>>But the memes themselves can be used for other purposes
>And just how is the use of a meme different from the meme itself?
>Or, how can one be using a meme for a purpose for which it is
>not memetically fit...?
>Or, I suppose there are other ways to ask the question....
As I said in another post, the same way the concept of using a hammer can be
different from actually using one.
We each use the memes we borrow to solve our own problems and achieve our
own ends. What we use a meme for may not be the use for which it was
designed or originally intended. A hammer was not designed to kill people
but can be used for that purpose. The words and ideas of Jesus were not
designed to kill people but have been used to justify killing on a global
scale for close to 2,000 years. Whole civilizations have been wiped out by
the misuse of that meme. It wasn't the meme that killed them, it was the
people who used it.
The means you use shape the ends you get.
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