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On 26 Jan 2002, at 15:15, Wade T. Smith wrote:
> Well, what I meant, was, is there any reason behind _acting_ on ideas to
> know where they came from?
Well yes, for example with comedy. A parody. If someone wants to
be funny and tries to copy george bush's behavior in a comic way
he of course has to remember the memes which originally came
from him. If he'd just act out all kinds of different memes no one
would understand the parody.
> But, on the other hand, there ain't any real reason to trace the etiology
> of one's memories at all times, or even in general.
Of course not at all times, but whether you remember something
your grandfather told you as a child or something you saw on a
documentation about hitler makes an emotional difference. There
are different emotions attached to a certain meme, not just
because of the meme itself but probably also because of its
Let's say one year ago you'd have travelled to afghanistan and told
everyone to die for allah and start jihad would that have had the
same effect as when bin laden said the same to his followers?
Same with teenagers, it makes quite a difference whether parents,
friends or idols say something.
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