'Memetica is our current drama. It's a grand drama of our time. Information is our poetry -- that is, at a lowest common denominator. Memetica is a poetry of the people, but of leaders, too. We're all caught up in it somehow. We see it in our teacups. We see it in the stars.'
Memetica Ecologica project notes, 25 Sept 2020
'Various reasons for this need [to communicate commitment through ostentatious lingo-use] could be suggested -- from an individual not feeling intense emotion connected to [the lingo] to being in a leadership role where increased scrutiny of one's commitment is put upon from the larger group and outsiders'
XJ, p. 95, adapted
'it is only as we discover the primacy of society, the inclusive coherent unity of human interdependence, that we can hope to transcend the perplexities and the contradictions of our times.'
-R.M. MacIver in K. Polanyi, The Great Transformation, p. xii
'"Memento vivere," "life, now" addresses how we humans have lived, do live, and shall live. It's an injunction to Wake Up to the life we have to live now in our present situation, informed by the past, and looking to the future.'
Memento Vivere project notes, 26 Sept 2020
'people are persuaded -- even more, transformed -- as one identifies or simulates a shared experience with another. Here one finds the most effective and thoroughgoing consolidation of directed action.'
D.i.D., p. 18
'healthy anger acts as the honorable sentry or boundary-holder of the psyche'
-K. McLaren, Language of Emotions, p. 6
'I observe that the language of "information" runs across all domains and often is the core or grounding language or concept no matter what the domain, field, or discipline.
"Memes" are simply one of the latest and most popular versions of this. But an annoying internet meme is like an annoying pimple -- it gets all the attention but there's still a whole body, a whole organism, a whole person that goes with it.
Maybe we have to pop a social media meme in order to get relieved of it and get back to the larger dynamics, the larger realities of the construction, flows, and interactions of information.
-Memetica Ecologica project notes, adapted, 25 Sept 2020
'Highly ostentatious display in [a particular lingo-use] indicates a high need to communicate commitment' to the particular lingo-using community.
XJ, p. 95, adapted
Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter teaches at a public university in the Great Lakes region of North America and coaches at Sollars & Associates and independently.