Pictures of Cats: Internet Silliness or Serious Art?

This is a post about pictures of cats. Portraits of animals can be both moving and powerful, but since the mid-’00s, they’ve been first and foremeost a lodestone for post-millenial internet silliness, all rendered in grammatically mangled 36-point Impact. LOLCats are one of the most pervasive cultural phenomena of our brave new internet age, god help us, building I Can Has Cheezburger into a commercial powerhouse and breeding a whole new pidgin vocabulary that gets used (ironically, of course) more and more often in everyday life. In view of this, we were interested to read on Creative Review about a new exhibition that opened in London this week — archly entitled “For the LOL of Cats,” it attempts to make sense of the whole thing by looking at the history of cats and photography, from the Brighton Cats to the present day. It’s an interesting enough idea, and we’ve collated a selection of images for the show after the jump. What do you make of it all, gentle reader? Interesting cultural commentary or postmodern piffle? Is it time for another “What is art?” discussion? Just think: if Marcel Duchamp had had a cat and an ADSL connection, all this unpleasantness could have been avoided! … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we learned that gambling could be good. We found out where the porn capital of America is. We met a few animals who really love Billy Joel songs. We were glad a 98-page dissertation on the appeal of LOLcats exists. We confirmed we’re entering a boom… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we found out that LOLCats will be on TV. We declared that Bone Pugz ‘N Harmony is our new favorite act. We thoroughly enjoyed the best Toddlers & Tiaras quotes ever. We got dating advice from Dickens. We took a Google Street… Read More

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Marcel the Shell and Other Unlikely Media Empires

Last week we found out that not only is Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp’s wonderful viral video “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” being turned into a children’s book, it’s also being developed into a full-blown TV show. Though we love Marcel (and Jenny and Dean, for that matter), and are nothing but happy about this turn of events, we have to admit that we think it’s pretty wild that their homemade video has turned almost overnight into a burgeoning media empire. The news got us to thinking about other unlikely media empires that have cropped up in recent years, a phenomenon that will probably start happening more and more. Click through to see our list of unlikely media empires, and let us know which ones we’ve missed in the comments. … Read More

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Thurber Humor Prize Nominees Are In: Professor Happycat Spurned, Sloane Crosley Over the Moon

There are infinite LOLs to be had on the internet, but only one book each year can win the Thurber Prize for American Humor. The contenders for an award that has in the past gone to David Sedaris and Jon Stewart this year include Sloane Crosley, Ian Frazier, Don Lee and Laurie Notaro. Among the unrecognized: the prevailing internet trend of LOLCats, which was translated into last year’s paperback I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat Colleckshun. Instead, this year’s nominations went to three essay collections and a novel. How did Crosley, nominated for I Was Told There’d Be Cake, take the news? She told… Read More

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LOLCats: A Brief History

Earlier today we were sent a link to the anitque postcard above, which dating back to 1905 is the oldest lolcat image in existence. Intrigued, we decided to do a little digging. This card is the work of Harry Whittier Frees an American photographer who got his kicks dressing up animals in people clothes and posing them with props. According to a 1937 profile of Frees in Life magazine, his career started at a birthday party in 1906. He took some photographs of a cat wearing a party hat, and later sold them to a postcard… Read More

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Pic of the Day: Lolcats + Swine Flu Mashup

We can’t decide if this is funny or awful. Or awfully funny? As always, your thoughts on the matter are greatly appreciated. [via Mashable]

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Pic of the Day: A Meme We Like More in Russian

This translates to: Mother, if my constitution is unfit for gymnast… The grist mill shall become my pommel horse and daily labor my reward! [Via RolCats]

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