virus: Bastard Son of Virus II

Tim Rhodes (
Tue, 16 Feb 1999 00:29:47 -0800

Peter wrote:

> In turn these meta-memes interact as distinct individuals with
> other meta-memes, forming ever larger groups until there exists the single
> homo-sapien "consciousness" who looks out across the universe wondering if
> there is an inter-stellar E-mail group it could correspond with.

Interesting. I was thinking the other day, that one could view a newsgroup as an analog to a personality. Both being made up of competing and complimentary parts working together (most of the time, but not without internal conflicts cropping up). Sort of a meta-system of personalities. If this is true, we should be able to shed light on the interactions of memes and meta-memes within individuals by studying the way people move from newsgroup to newsgroup and the factors that influence their decisions to post or lurk.


-Prof. Tim