Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id JAA13887 (8.6.9/5.3[ref email@example.com] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from firstname.lastname@example.org); Tue, 12 Feb 2002 09:34:51 GMT Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 01:29:05 -0800 Message-Id: <200202120929.g1C9T51k031466@mail25.bigmailbox.com> X-Authentication-Warning: mail25.bigmailbox.com: www set sender to email@example.com using -f Content-Type: text/plain Content-Disposition: inline Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary X-Mailer: MIME-tools 4.104 (Entity 4.116) X-Originating-Ip: [126.96.36.199] From: "Joe Dees" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: RE: Abstractism Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk Reply-To: email@example.com('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is)
> Vincent Campbell <firstname.lastname@example.org> "'email@example.com'" <firstname.lastname@example.org> RE: AbstractismDate: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 12:31:38 -0000
> <And it does that because it was engineered to do that by the
>writer. Not just any meaning. Specifically intended meanings.>
> And you of all people on this list should be aware that the intended
>meaning is not necessarily the meaning taken by the user. Indeed, one would
>have to look for memes in texts not in terms of particular meanings, but in
>the potential for meaning, with the things that persist most being those
>that successfully offer a multitude of interpretations. There's a really
>good book by John Turney that explores the relationship between the
>Frankenstein story and the development of medical science, and public
>attitudes to such (it's called 'Frankenstein's Footsteps'). Whatever the
>original intent of Shelley, "Frankenstein" has been co-opted time and again,
>most recently in the 'Frankenstein foods' term used to denote GMOs.
> I don't know who originated the phrase, perhaps you do, but there's
>this idea of the 'semiotic machine' of texts (and ambiguous events) that
>enable multiple interpretations that, in memetic terms, enhances their
>transmission- Frankenstein, Dracula, Jack the Ripper, the Roswell Incident
The fact that a reader may extract a different meaning from a text than the writer intended to imbue it with does not change the fact that the writer specifically intended a meaning. Also, the very fact that the text can be READ, that is, that a person can DECODE a meaningful message at all according to a shared linguistic system, entails that a meaningful message was CODED there by a WRITER in that system, even if it does not communicate with high fidelity.
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