Re: virus: Re: virus-digest V3 #108

Joe E. Dees (
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 17:13:18 -0500

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Subject:        	virus: Re: virus-digest V3 #108
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> Dear all:
> I've been reading for a while, and have a few comments. First, I am
> writing a dissertation on emergent mythologies of the virus in 20th
> century fiction. So far, vampire fiction, meme theory and Burroughs's
> language is a virus, thrillers and paranoid conspiracy, AIDS fiction,
> intelligent virus/computer related science fiction, nanotechnological and
> biotech science fiction. Any comments from any of you on these topics
> might be quoted in a footnote! (fair warning)
Semiotic theory, postmodernism, survivalism, militias, religious fundamentalism, patriotism, racism, sexism, the Labor Movement, paganism, corporate transnationalism, the New Age and New World Order, sexually ambiguous dress, computer and role-playing games, self-parodying teen horror movies, VR, AI, CAD-CAM, enlightenment/nonattachment, mass murderer fandom, psychedelia, music styles (punk, grunge, disco, rap, alternative, thrash, metal, oi (racial hate music), techno, ambient, industrial, hip-hop, blues, jazz, etc.), and on and on and on...viruses are perfusive.
> On the Colorado incident, I am most worried about how these things
> are used to increase the pressure on teens. My stepson (16) has just been
> suspended for ten days and will be attending a hearing for expulsion
> because he was caught with a _box-cutter_, which is considered a weapon.
> They wanted to search him another time for standing too close to someone
> smoking a cigarette (a tobacco cigarette). His rules and regs include
> lighters, matches, and water pistols (or any gund lookalike, including a
> picture of a gun mounted on a popsicle stick) as weapons. I have attempted
> to argue that a pencil is a weapon and that lots of things can be USED as
> weapons, but that this is a tool--one readily available in his art class,
> by the way. No dice.
> I get tired also of seeing things blamed on the goths--OK, goth is
> passe, but these kids don't know that and in my mind, goth is better than
> the cheerleading squad. When I was in school, everyone was worried about
> KISS (YOU know, Knights in Satan's Service?)--before that the Beatles,
> before that the tango. Now everyone thinks goths are neo-Nazi supremicists
> because of one or two psychotic teens? I have been trying to educate my
> highly educated colleagues about basic facts--like that in this century,
> the all-black costume meme starts with existentialism and jazz.
> In America, people tend to believe that signs are stable, but they
> certainly are not. Perhaps the Torah is a successful replicator, but I
> think Brodie (and Baudrillard) are closer to the idea of what is really
> happening. Signs are transparitions more than stable indicators.
> Thoughts?
> Heidi L. Nordberg
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