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Entangled Tales of Memetic Disaster

Succinct tabular representation of memetic vulnerabilty of society.


Entangled Tales of Memetic Disaster
Interweaving the implications
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Introduction

The following table provides a succinct summary of the many factors contributing to an Emerging Memetic Singularity in the Global Knowledge Society (2009).

The table is based on two well-known tales:

  • The Emperor's New Clothes (1837) by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen about a gullible emperor who unknowingly hires two con artists to design a new suit of clothes for him, successfully persuading him of the subtle elegance of the invisible cloth of which it was purportedly made -- and in which he duly paraded to the appreciation of all convinced by his authority of that elegance. All except for one little Boy who loudly remarked on his nudity.
  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf is one of Aesop's Fables concerning a bored shepherd boy who entertained himself by calling out "Wolf!" -- thereby causing panic amongst nearby villagers who came to his rescue. Once they recognized that his alarms were false they ceased to believe them and stopped responding to his calls. On the one occasion when there were real wolves, they ate the flock, despite his cry of alarm.