Friday, June 07, 2013

Turkey: memage à trois

For a cultural meme to survive, it needs to adapt, retaining the power of surprise; otherwise it’s just a cliché. Inevitably, this process of evolution is often propelled by a dialectical form of sexual reproduction, as two memes mate to create something new and (potentially) interesting. It’s still not that common, though, to see the offspring of a threesome; especially a threesome that combines a meme that’s very old and tired, one that’s getting that way and one that’s brand spanking new. Respect, then, to the Turkish capulcu, or looters; full story here.

1 comment:

Gadjo Dilo said...

I'd hypothesized that the rather vibrant Turkish economy was due to being able to work people extra hard using the fear factor still prsent from Ottomon times. But if the inhabitants can go around happily looting shops like in the West, then maybe they're not so different from us after all.