|| Help Greenpeace stop whaling
||Nov. 27th, 2005 08:55 pm|
The law of 6 degrees of separation means that you, Ocean Defender, know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows precisely where the whaling fleet will be in the next few months. We have our own methods of locating them, but this is always a very difficult task.|
If you know someone who works in maritime tracking, satellite imagery, the Japanese fishing industry, cetacean research, who's doing an ocean crossing in the Pacific or working in some other field that might have first hand knowledge of where the fleet will be, pass this message along.
The ship we are seeking is named the Nisshin Maru, gross tonnage 8,030, length 130 metres, radio call sign JJCJ. She is the factory ship and will be accompanied by three catchers, Kyo Maru No. 1 with radio call sign JKNG, the Yushin Maru call sign JLZS and Yushin Maru No. 2, call sign JPPV.
Information to email@example.com.
Arg!!! Bad meme! Great idea, but bad meme.
I just sent Greenpeace an email about it...
To whom it may concern,
I just read off a friends web log a recent Greenpeace call for information about the location of the Nisshin Maru and associate vessels. While I very much approve of this call, there is unfortunately one very important problem with the text of the call. The text of this call, as I found it, is located at the end of this letter.
This type of call for information is specifically meant to be spread from person to person. Such viral pieces of text are often called memes (see Richard Dawkins for more information on this subject). Unfortunately, as this meme stands, it is a dangerous one because it has no expiration date. This will cause the meme to continue to spread and replicate well after it is useful- probably long after Nisshin Maru has been turned into scrap metal...
Because of this Greenpeace workers and other individuals will continue to spend time composing emails and sending unneeded information back and forth. This is wasted effort that could instead be used to help further the Greenpeace cause.
All such "calls for" type memes should have attached expiration dates. This specific instance might not be so bad if the linked web page directly made mention of this call for information, but you have to go chasing off to another page to see if this notice is still current. Even then there is nothing to state if you already have the information you were seeking or not.
Luckily this meme can be fixed by stating on the original webpage whether or not more “information on the Nisshin Maru’s whereabouts is still needed.”
Please, in the future, be careful not to release memes without expiration dates- otherwise you pollute the ecosystem of ideas and waste your own and other people’s efforts. The simple addition of a single informative line of text can make such problems never exist.