Re: The information theoretic view Was: JOM

Wade T.Smith (
Fri, 3 Sep 1999 16:33:26 -0400

Subject: Re: The information theoretic view Was: JOM
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 1999 16:33:26 -0400
From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
To: <>

On 9/3/99 14:49, Robin Faichney said this-

>>Some interesting trends based on memetic engineering:
>>o Proliferation of evangelistic religions in the face of an overall decline
>>in religiousness
>>o Proliferation of logoed clothes and products
>>o "Viral marketing" on the Internet: referral programs, associate plans,
>Is there any reason to believe that any of these are "consciously

Or is there any reason not to think that from these examples 'memetic
engineering' is just a new twist on scams and hucksterism? I personally
do not like the pairing of 'memetic engineering' with con artists, and
I've seen a lot of that. It, to me at least, legitimatizes the scam, and
the scam artist.

I know this is a matter of degree and perspective- but '_looking at_ such
hucksterism memetically' sounds a whole lot better than _declaring_
confidence tricksters 'memetic engineers'.

Yes, no?

- Wade

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