RE: What does the replicating?

Bill Benzon (
Tue, 17 Jun 1997 06:38:51 -0500

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Date: Tue, 17 Jun 1997 06:38:51 -0500
From: (Bill Benzon)
Subject: RE: What does the replicating?

BB>>Note, however, if we consider CCInc and PepsiInc, we can reasonably give a
>relatively small set of coke memes and pepsi memes credit for the
>differences in output between these two large meme pools. And if we
>compare, for example, Boeing Inc. and CCInc., both a large late 20th C
>corporations and, as such, share a good many memes. But the differences
>between them are greater than the differences between CCInc and PepsiInc &
>so we'd expect greater differences in their meme pools, but just how much
>greater? If CCInc and PepsiInc share 99% of their memetic complement, what
>do CCInc and Boeing share, 70%, 80%? Do we care? Why or why not? If we do,
>how do we go about measuring these meme pools?<
IP>My guess would be nearer 95% at least. Both share most of the 'corporation'
>memes which have flourished in the last 100 years or so as well as the
>largely Americain strain of their linguistic and cultural heritage. Both
>have evolved fairly dominant positions in their local ecosystems. It is
>hardly measurement in a precise sense but a way into the comparison is to
>compare the 'Unwritten Rules' by which players in either corporation
>function. See my papers for more detail. Sorry this is written in a rush
>before I leave for a couple of days.

When I came up with those numbers out of thin air I was thinking about the
rather large differences in the R & D, design & manufacturing operations in
the beverage industry and the aircraft industry.

When you get down to it, though, I'd hate to try to make such estimates in

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