Re: virus: Re: Virus: Sociological Change

Dave Pape (
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 12:39:27 GMT

At 10:43 12/12/96 -0600, you wrote:
>On Mon, 9 Dec 1996, Martin Traynor wrote:
>> On 6 Dec 96 at 14:09, wrote:
>> > I'd start by looking for self-attacking memes, especially those that do
>> > so indirectly. These are more likely to be unequivocally
>> > "counter-productive" without resort to ill-grounded value judgments.
>> Could you clarify. Do you mean memes which attack themselves or memes
>> which attack their hosts?
>Memes that attack themselves.

Well... I know "Live and let live"... the example goes.... A and B, in
lunderette, watching clothing tumble.

A You should live and let live.
B I don't want to.
A Fair enough.

The meme "Live and let live" shoots itself in the foot, because if you live
by that meme, then you'll be useless at propagating it. Maybe
unsurprisingly, hardly anyone DOES. Live. And let live.

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose (The more things change, the more
it's a meme thing)

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