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Memes (cultural genes with self - replication and mutation powers) and social sites. Evolution, revolution or regression?

By definition a meme can act as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.
So can a well known truth become a lie while being transmitted from one mind to another via the social sites which everyone seems to use nowadays? Will the foundations of truth as we know it today be altered while a thought or an ideas gets transmitted from one mind to another. Is this evolution, revolution or regression?


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    May 25 2011: Theres your side of the story then theres his side of the story and then theres the truth,

    Culture is not a static thing it changes all the time,with each generation changes are made until the old is forgotten.

    I wouldn't say the social networks are a evolution or a revolution but definitely an ongoing written language regression.
    • May 26 2011: Language regression agree and unfortunately language is somewhat connected to concepts.
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        • May 27 2011: I would take it at a deeper level of conceptual thinking of a certain culture.

          I was referring more to concepts getting "lost in translation" not so much to interpretation of cultural differences. Funny how we always promote diversity and at the same time we promote equality.
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        May 27 2011: "lost in translation"..?

        as in the last 1500 years? or ongoing? 21st century?

        What the mexicans are going through i've seen here where i live three times in the last thirty years,different people same tune.i find it hard to racially slur a people when they are your duplicate.i keep wondering why?where does this strange useless reaction come from?i keep returning to genectic preservation.

        could you describe the scientific debate going on that you referred to in your response to krisztian?
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        May 27 2011: there is no unity except through diversity..it is in diversity..in pluralism when it is fuid and interacting as it does here at Ted Conversations..that we begin to move towards higher truths

        Closed communities which is what most of us lived in during my emergence into adulthood, foster memes which are so ingrown we don't even know they are there.

        The same vast potential that allows memes to form and spread more rapidly across wider and wider networks can also through a meta conversation like Ted begin to bring an alinement at a higher more universal and more inclusive plane of shared consciousness,.

        .I resist definitive labels like progression. regression, or even evolution ..but, of the three, evolution is what is possible and regression is what is happening..I see a huge dialetic at work pulling harder and harder on opposite directions simulatenously.

        . I like to think of it as being pushed to extremes away from a center..that at first we only seet as a line extending in opposite directions..and when it is at the extreme..as I feel it is now..we will realize the line is really only the diamter of a circle..that we are at opposite points along the same continuum on the same line that defines the circle. Any direction we travel on a circle mightl eventually bring us together.

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