June 10, 2007

The Genius of Lolcats

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The genius of Lolcats is that somehow they took something that I thought was just about the most boring thing on the internet (pictures of people’s cats1) and recycled them into amusing visual one-liners.

I’m sure people took pictures of their cats before digicams. But with the ability to cheaply snap countless pictures, they can now do it on a whim. And the internet is more than happy to spread cat pictures to the four corners or the globe. And I had pretty much zero interest in them.

But give them their own silly language and “reveal” their inner monologues and suddenly I’m looking through a whole website of the darned things and I can’t stop myself.

It may not be the most sophisticated humor, but it has an innocence that is refreshing and beats a lot of the more sophomoric stuff that is so easy to find on the internets. And, since it’s an effective form of recycling, it’s good for the environment!

1 I’m sure you love your cats, and I think they’re nice, too. Cute, even. But most of the pix are just not as fascinating as you think they are. Sorry.

Posted by James at June 10, 2007 10:20 PM
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Ok, so I'm not the only normal person recently to succumb to the weird obsessiveness that is LOLCats or LOLAnimalX.

Most of them I don't find very funny, but the ones that are reasonably funny one liners, paired with OK pictures, will cause an uncontrollable giggle fest.

I feel so dirty admitting to this.
KTHXBYE

Posted by: Derek at June 11, 2007 7:48 AM

Yesterday's LOLcat (the "It putz teh lotion into teh basket" series) had me howling. I check it twice a day now.

mj
who thinks one of the main benefits of the Internet is pictures of cats

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at June 11, 2007 8:09 AM

Where do you find the time to take on a new obsession? What did you drop to support this habit ? :)

I'm pretty overloaded with just reading my friends' blogs and other stuff :)

Posted by: hooligan at June 11, 2007 8:24 AM

It's also a form of collaborative creativity that has a very low bar for participation.

All you need is a picture of a walrus, dog, guinea pig or cat (ok, or other animal) and an idea.

Jay: I don't seem to have the time to create any... yet. But I found myself staring at pages of them after collapsing after yard work yesterday.

Posted by: James at June 11, 2007 8:37 AM

Your post on the subject is funny...but that's about it. But I'm not a cat person anyway.

Posted by: Bull at June 11, 2007 9:40 AM

Most of them I find funny and I'm not proud of it. What's the opposite of a cranky old bastard, a giggly old one? That might be my fate.

Posted by: Mike at June 11, 2007 9:59 AM

Giggle, and the world giggles with you.

Posted by: Julie at June 11, 2007 10:09 AM

I too am hooked. I've even -- gasp! -- submitted one of my own!

There are numerous variations ("invisible," "in ur x, ying ur z," etc.), but I just crack up every time I see the "Do Not Want!" ones -- now that I know it comes from a bad Japanese translation of "Star Wars":
http://winterson.com/2005/06/episode-iii-backstroke-of-west.html
(Scroll down to the last frame before the comments.) I just love the way these things "catch on."

Posted by: Karen at June 11, 2007 12:21 PM

I've been collecting these for awhile. They are pretty funny. My favorite was:

"I'M JUST A CAT. STOP ANTHROPOMORPHIZING ME!"

Posted by: Chuck S. at June 11, 2007 3:05 PM

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