Monday, November 17, 2008

A slightly different perspective

I've been introduced to lolcats. I'd seen the book that was published recently but didn't give it much thought, thinking it was just another collection of cats doing cute things. I see now that I was wrong. Sure, some are just interesting photos with amusing captions (4 turtles on a fallen log with a crocodile on the other end and the first turtle shouting "back up! back up!). Even the lolcat progenitor is just generally cute but it did set the standard for lolcats' grammar and speaking style. However, others actually have a melancholy, wistful air to them that can be surprising amidst the goofiness. The lolcats have even developed religious analogs as the beneficent "Ceiling Cat" and the dark "Basement Cat" remain forever locked in opposition.

No, they aren't great literature and are a sterling example of how the Internet can be used to waste time but every now and then, you just need a break from the news and serious ideas. And when you do, don't you also want to have the freedom to ask "I can has cheezburger?"

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