Re: Words and memes

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    Hi Joe Dees -

    >And that is a major flaw with behavior-only; it cannot acknowledge the
    >latent and potential memetic efficacy of communication-designed artifacts

    Well, _my_ behavior-only memetic stance does. (I don't know about any
    others, really.) I use the whole of aesthetics to deal with the efficacy
    of the communications of artefacts. I don't deny their strength, at all.
    In fact, IMHO, the behavior-only stance elevates the artefacts' status,
    and makes them more important, than just calling them 'outside' vs
    'inside' memes.

    And, by using aesthetics and dramatic theories (and others) for the study
    of artefacts, demands more attribution to the narrative components.

    So, no, artefacts are not downgraded or not acknowledged _at all_ in
    behavior-only memetic analysis. They are, after all, often the by-product
    of the behavior. They just ain't called memes.

    - Wade

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