Created By: DHarbingerNMarch 26, 2012 Last Edited By: DHarbingerNMarch 27, 2012

Selection for Societal Sanity Plan

This is basically what most religions and other such organizations are.

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A viral metamemeplex that can act as a form of psychological warfare. First introduced in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
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  • March 26, 2012
    animeg3282
    I don't understand. Please explain?
  • March 26, 2012
    DHarbingerN
    Well, to start, the first thing you need to know that the Selection for Societal Sanity Plan (S3 plan)was a program run by the Patriots in order to manipulate world events and the decisions of individuals by controlling the flow of information that traveled through the internet and other digital media.
  • March 26, 2012
    DHarbingerN
    A metameme would then be a meme about memes. In the case of religions and mythologies, the metameme would be about mythemes.
  • March 26, 2012
    animeg3282
    We usually prefer tropes here that can be explained without reference to a particular work.
  • March 26, 2012
    Jordan
    Although the laconic doesn't make a lot of explanatory sense, this kind of reminds me of Gouda's conspiracy in Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex (or really any conspiracy in that series). Likewise Eden Of The East, which has the same director I think.

    Not sure, but I get a sense that these weird secular cults/conspiracies seen in Japanese media might borrow from Aum Shinrikyo.
  • March 26, 2012
    TBeholder
    what a weird idea. it's from those Liberal Art Studies?
  • March 26, 2012
    animeg3282
    Nope,
  • March 26, 2012
    DHarbingerN
    Holy crap. Why is this the first time I'm hearing about Aum Shinrikyo?
  • March 26, 2012
    DHarbingerN
    BTW, would the Star Trek fandom count?

    See: http://io9.com/5272441/is-star-trek-a-religion
  • March 27, 2012
    fulltimeD
    @Dharbinger N: My first thought is that this is "Chairs Sit On People."

    Even if it's not, the laconic strikes me as something more appropriate for an argumentative sociological essay rather than a trope commonly found in entertainment (it comes off as a huge value judgment, rather than a description of a trope). Second, although I can pretty easily figure out what "Viral Metamemeplex" means, that just means I'm a bad example of a regular audience. You need to actually spend time working on a description so other people don't have to come along and fill in the blanks. (It really bugs me when people spend no time at all on their YKTTW, and their lack of effort shows). That means describing in plain language how the trope is applied, in more works than just one. Hint: if you can't think of more than one example, it's probably too rare to trope. And if you only have one example, your description and title need to be clear enough that other people can contribute examples without trying in vain to read your mind.

    As too whether Star Trek is an example, the question whether Star Trek fandom constitutes a kind of secular religion really has nothing to do with your stated requirements from this proposed trope: that such an ideology (and really, I think with the criteria you provided, ANY ideology could fit here) is "used as a form of psychological warfare". When has the pervasiveness of Star Trek fandom ever been "used as a form of psychological warfare?"

    Now this might NOT be too rare to trope, in which case, you may have something here, but it's still frustrating when your description is barely longer than the typical laconic, you only have one example, and you are relying on the presumption of other tropers' familiarity with a particular work in order for them to understand how the example fits the trope.

    I'm sorry if I'm coming off as too critical. I am trying to help. But there are certain things that will definitely irk older members of this community.
  • March 27, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Also, I just want to make this absolutely clear, we are NOT an encyclopedia of memes. Our purpose is to analyze, catalog and celebrate tropes in fiction.

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