Exploding cultural regulation: what the memetic can(n)non offers regulators
Griffin, James G.H.
Taylor & Francis
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The regulation of culture has been explained through two principal canons – firstly, the historical explanation describing the rise of authors and publishers, and secondly, the justifications of labour, personality or economics. Meme theory adds a third canon, for it focuses on neither the historical explanation or any justification, but on the nature of the information itself. The notion of the meme is one where information replicates itself in a manner similar to genes, and the focus is on the propensity of the information to lead to replication. It is not the manner of replication that is important but the whether the information is prone to replication or not. This new canon of thought enables a more forward looking analysis by courts and legislators, for it requires deeper consideration of the process of making works.