[lit-ideas] Re: interaction of polls and public opinion

  • From: "Andy Amago" <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 23:03:52 -0400

I suppose there's no point in asking what my unsupported assertion is, if
essentially you're saying you're right and I'm wrong.  I hardly agree with
Tweedledee and Tweedledum given that I think words have to be defined
before being used.



> [Original Message]
> From: John McCreery <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: 10/24/2006 10:57:40 PM
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: interaction of polls and public opinion
>
> On 10/25/06, Andy Amago <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > From Merriam Webster online, a meme is "an idea, behavior, style, or
usage
> > that spreads from person to person within a culture."   I would think
once
> > "theory" is appended, the concept is no longer a meme; it moves into the
> > realm of science, and in fact evolution is embraced by all scientists.
> > Likewise the Big Bang.  Saddam's keeping WMD is a meme, i.e., an
> > unsupported allegation that began as an effort to manipulate public
opinion
> > and then lived on as fact until disproved.
> >
>
>
> I note only that my usage is perfectly consistent with Miriam Webster
> while yours is an unsupported assertion. But, hey, as Tweedledee and
> Tweedledum observed, words can mean what we want them to mean.
>
> John
>
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