By Deane Barker | April 27, 2007 | 3 Comments
Cats Can Has Grammar: This is a great examination of one of the current Net memes — annotating cat pictures — and why it has ended up the way it has.
If you spend any time at all observing net culture, then you’ll have been unable to miss the recent explosion in popularity of lolcats. This relatively recent phenomenon is the convention of taking pictures of cute animals, most frequently cats, and overlaying absurdist captions on the images.
Wikipedia has some more on the lolcat meme which I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I love. I love cats, which helps. I mean. come on, tell me this isn’t friggin’ adorable. Or this. Or this. I could look at these all day.
(Something else I find interesting —
I’m quite sure we’re going to get some comments like this: “I like cats too…under the tires of my truck [snort]”. This is fine — I realize not everyone likes cats. But here’s something that never fails to fascinate me: it seems you can’t just dislike cats quietly. If you don’t like cats, you must apparently threaten them with violence.
I don’t like dogs. They’re usually too big or too annoying, and they invariably smell like crap. But I have never threatened violence on a dog. They repulse me, and I’d rather they stayed the hell away from me, but I’m not going to couple that thought with… “or else I’ll run it over with my car.”
Think about that before you comment. And anyway, don’t the big plastic testicles hanging from your tow hitch need to be polished or something?)
Yup! You’re absolutely right about both the lolcats and the attitude. Amazingly, some of my (at least used-to-be) cat-owning friends do the “run over with my car” thing.
I think your (rude :-) attribution to macho-ness is probably right; it has the same feel as the taunting I got as a boy who liked to cook. Maybe cats are female, dogs are male, and liking the one makes you that? So they have to insult cats to show masculinity?… There’s a PhD in there somewhere :-)
I’m just happy to hear someone else that doesn’t like dogs. I feel the same way, in that I don’t like them and frankly they just make me a bit nervous (maybe I was bit as a little kid or something). Every time I tell people that, especially in my, for some reason, 1,000% dog-loving office, people look at me like I just said I’m Grandma-kicking Nazi supporter. Its not a big deal, I just don’t like dogs…and like you Deane, I dislike them peacefully.
I’m just happy to hear that there’s another person out there that feels the same way.
(pseudo off topic…sorry)
I’m quite sure we’re going to get some comments like this: “I like cats too…under the tires of my truck [snort]“. This is fine — I realize not everyone likes cats. But here’s something that never fails to fascinate me: it seems you can’t just dislike cats quietly. If you don’t like cats, you must apparently threaten them with violence.
I love cats; they taste like chicken. ;o)
Seriously, I feel justified in hating cats and wishing violent deaths for them; just being in the same room as a cat can cause my windpipe to close off almost completely, and I have this aversion to not breathing. Since the very presence of a cat is a threat to my existence, I feel the need to return the favor. Not that I’ve ever acted on that, but don’t expect me to grieve the passing of anything feline.
That said, some of those lolcats made me laugh out loud. A fun diversion.