Wednesday, June 08, 2005

A Modest Proposal

We've all gotten them. They spread like wildfire. You're just sitting there, and all of a sudden, you're in the middle of one. You wonder why you're doing it, but you can't help passing it on to everyone you know.

The meme.

meme (n)-A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

You know--the email with the stupid questions: "Name three things you would take with you on a trip to the beach." "What would you do for a million dollars?" "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck..."

Ok, so maybe not that last question. But these things abound on the internet, and as I pointed out in a comment on Psycho Soccer Mom's blog, there's folks that think the meme is the basic unit of cultural evolution...they help define our society.

So...why don't we help define our society? Why can't we build our own meme, and start it circulating? Ask questions that might get people thinking about the disconnect between what they believe to be right and wrong, and what the current government is doing?

I'm going to start thinking about it tomorrow--past my bedtime now here on the East Coast. If anyone can come up with some questions...any one at all--even you, Dude--post them in the comment section.

Let's see what happens.

Yeharr

7 Comments:

Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

If you were a war, what war woudl you be?

1:02 PM, June 09, 2005  
Blogger Phreadom said...

*bookmarked*

I haven't thought of a meme yet. I'll get back to you.

how about "if you could replace George W. Bush with anyone else as President of the United States today, who would you choose, and why?".

we can thereby side-step all the red tape of the electoral process, political parties etc etc.

2:42 PM, June 09, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

phreadom--

w've already sidestepped. go to www.bradblog.com

yeharr

5:06 PM, June 09, 2005  
Blogger Melanie said...

"What are your feelings regarding stem-cell research?"

"Should the gov't be able to make the decision to let someone starve to death, who's been in a "vegetative state" ( and I use that term loosely) for 15 years...WHEN her family is willing to pay for her care for the rest of her life....Just because her husband wants her to die? (yes, I know, a very long run-on sentence).
Of course that one might turn into a very bad debate...

6:29 PM, June 09, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Interesting questions, Misty. A bit off from what I'm looking for, though. Read my next post.

Yeharr.

7:14 PM, June 09, 2005  
Blogger Melanie said...

Can I "beg to differ" for a moment?

"Ask questions that might get people thinking about the disconnect between what they believe to be right and wrong, and what the current government is doing"

Am I wrong or is "stem cell research" something that people believe to be right OR wrong and want to know what the current gov't is doing about it? Just sayin...

8:51 PM, June 09, 2005  
Blogger Mark said...

disregard my question on the first post

9:20 PM, June 09, 2005  

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