Re: Memetic engineering challenge

Wade T.Smith (
Wed, 7 Jul 1999 07:32:39 -0400

Subject: Re: Memetic engineering challenge
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 07:32:39 -0400
From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
To: <>

>Even 'star
>wars' memes (the most pervasive I have seen to date) have
>been resisted by a large number of people ;) (though no
>one I know has so far resisted -

I remember, long ago, reading a science-fiction story about a
not-very-strange land where all fashion was almost a state of politics,
where the clique of personality and fame and the bubble of fad was the
cultural substrate. So, that in this society, everyone went to the latest
movie, and talked about it, and lived it, in the ensuing time, until the
next one came along. The protagonist, of course, did not see the movie-
made the effort not to see the movie, not to wear the clothes, learn the

And I have always been attracted to this sort of protagonist.

To say that I saw analogs even back in the early 60's when I read that,
that have endured to now, that seem to be always with us... well, of
course I do.

And, yes, I have not and have no intention of seeing Episode One....

- Wade

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