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Is the Meme the Message?

Both age and demographics play a role in mimesis

  • Teenagers are famously mimetic
  • As people get older they are less mimetically driven because they know themselves better
  • Highly agreeable people tend to be more mimetic people. Part of that is due to their personalities, but a large part of it is a learned behavior.

The carrier is far more important than the meme itself

The people spreading the memes are the driver of the contagion.

When Elon Musk is behind a meme, it changes everything

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You can manipulate people via mimetic desire (marketing, political campaigns, etc.)

Memetics is the study of memes, cultural units of information that replicate, comparable with Darwinian evolution.

The mimetic theory of desire originated with French polymath René Girard

Mimetic desire is not inherently a negative thing. It can work positively in forming a sense of community (people with a shared desire).

  • Radical honesty, self-reflection, and introspection – it’s more challenging to discover our mimetic behavior than to see it externally in other people
  • Thinking about people that are influencing your decision-making
  • Luke learned to identify certain signals; people who influenc...

How to measure mimesis in the markets?

It’s about developing a certain kind of disposition for patience, sober waiting, and recognizing your emotions. In early 2020, Luke got caught up in the mimesis of the markets in the dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic

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