The Null Device
Yesterday I had occasion to be in PolyEster Books, and picked up
a volume titled The Sharper Word: A Mod Anthology. This is a
series of essays about the origins, evolution and decline of the original
Mod subculture in the early 1960s. I've read most of it, and it has gotten
me thinking about the memetics of subcultures, and the principles by which
they evolve, recombine and mutate. (Mod is a very good example of memetics
at work, having evolved out of a variety of different memes and favourable
social conditions, and subsequently mutated into more virulent strains,
the most recent of which being 90s britpop; it may also be argued that
a lot of component memes of Mod ultimately found their ways into things such
as the rave culture (possibly via Northern Soul).)
Hmmm; I think there may be a PhD thesis in here somewhere...
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