Re: memetics-digest V1 #21

Tim Rhodes (
Thu, 26 Feb 1998 17:09:02 -0800

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Subject: Re: memetics-digest V1 #21
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 17:09:02 -0800

Hans-Cees Speel writes:

> I am afraid I do not understand the question:-( Was it part of an
> example?

It was part of an example. (A joke written 1000 years ago is translated by
an archeologist--was it a `meme' while the language it was written in was
still dead?) But maybe I should have phrased the question better.

If a meme must me encoded, transmitted, and decoded, what do we call the
encoded information between the time it is encoded and decoded. Is that
pattern of symbols the `meme' itself? (I have my doubts.) And if not,
what is it?

Is there any agreed upon terminology for the patterns which serve to
transmit memes?

-Tim Rhodes

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