Re: MEMETICS: Humor (was The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

Michael Lorrey (
Thu, 23 Jan 1997 19:56:29 -0500 wrote:
> writes:
> >>You might enjoy the experience of making more challenging jokes.
> >to a more curious crowd.
> I don't get it. What do you mean?
> I've given some more thought to humor, and posted a revised version of my
> essay, "On the Importance of Silliness" off of the T0Mpage cited below.
> Here's the punchline:
> I suggest that <EM>humor, like inoculation, generates anti-memes</EM>.
> Though the exact causal mechanism remains unclear (as do the causes of humor
> itself) I theorize that making a meme the butt of jokes transmits it in
> enfeebled form. Just as inoculations prepare our immune systems for
> potentially worse things, silliness can introduce a meme while simultaneously
> stripping it of authority.

The corrolary then would be to innoculate people against
statism/ludditism by mocking/satirizing the heck out of those sort of

Note: in the last ten years, sports stars have gone from objects of
worship to objects of derision, while the geek has gone in the opposite
direction. A simple matter of doing good by doing well.


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