Re: virus: Watching

Sat, 09 Jan 1999 16:03:42 -0500

David McFadzean wrote:
> At 10:44 PM 1/7/99 -0500, N CASHE wrote:
> >to use that word!) ---I do think this could all apply somehow to the
> >function of popular music (is there such a thing?). Does this sound as
> >crazy or uninformed as I fear it might?
> Crazy, perhaps, but certainly not uninformed. :-) In fact pop music
> was one of Dawkins's archetypical examples of a meme (catchy tunes)
> in the text where he coined the word (The Selfish Gene), and again
> in his most recent book (Unweaving the Rainbow). Other memeticists
> have attempted to separate the expression of a meme from the meme
> itself, like the expression of a gene (its phenotype) is distinct
> from the gene itself (the genotype). If that is the case, then pop
> music would be an expression of a set of memes.

Thanks for the bibliography. Now I have to try to read these books. Do you think there could be memetic rock criticism? I mean it is already that, in a way...pointing out who took this from that (origins/rip-offs) and the effects of music, messages, yada, yada... How does one become a memetic engineer? Or is that just a confession?

> --
> David McFadzean
> Memetic Engineer
> Church of Virus

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