MEMETICS: Humor (was The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
Wed, 22 Jan 1997 16:47:27 -0500 (EST)

>Memes presented as part of works of art ... would have a sort
>of surprise or unnoticed injection of memes to the unprepared....

>Michael Lorrey

An interesting claim, and one that I'd like to see verified. Extropians
evince a variety of artistic talents. Natasha More's explicitly Extropian
visual arts could, for example, secretly enlighten a lot of people!

I'm curious about the role that humor plays in memetic propagation. I've
suggested that a joke innoculates us from infection by the meme that it
targets. As confirmation, I note that libertarian humorists P.J. O'Rourke
and Dave Berry have taught millions to laugh at statism.

But can humor also, like art generally, *encourage* the propagation of memes?
Or does it only create meme antibodies?

T.0. Morrow

V.P. and Director, ExI