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Now that’s Memetics of Different Color

December 20, 2008

This is another one of those times when rather than blogging about a paper topic I should probably actually be writing the paper.

Somehow a paper that started out looking at the “series of tubes” meme’s relationship to the rhetoric of public policy has turned into a highly theoretical paper lambasting conventional memetics scholarship using the “series of tubes” as a case study.  Hopefully prof won’t mind the complete lack of structure and stream-of-consciousness writing because that’s all I have in me now.

But really, what’s wrong with these memeticists?  Memes and their intentions.  Really.  Oh, I firmly believe memes exist, but to think they are completely detached from meaning and the people who imbue them with meaning.  (It’s like *SPOILER* (Papa Smurph you should really watch Firefly) Jubal Early says, does River’s room, when she’s not in it, still have purpose?  Probably since she keeps her stuff in there, but you get my point.)  Memes are nothing without the people who propagate them.  And on the flip side people would not be who they are without memes.  Also, in a vacuum memes are value-neutral.  In the real world, memes are negative to some and positive to others.  All of this seems self evident to me, but then I see the unfolding expanses of culture mapped out in my brain.  There I go being all flowery, ain’t the universe elegant again.  Pshaw.

And as much as I hate the word, Daniel Dennett is an elitist, in the most pejorative sense.

Took some antihistamines.  I’m feeling all goofy now and should sleep.  Peace out until I emerge from the paper-writing side of the looking glass.