Like it or not, few marriages have been made in heaven such as that of the feline persuasion and the Interwebz.
Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, I Can Has Cheezburger, Lolcats, Youtube, Twitter. You name it, cats are ALL OVER IT. They’ve gone from objects of worship to ridicule and laugh bait and back again. Funny cat videos will work wonders for my mood on a rainy day. It’s got powerz.
A few weeks ago I was sitting on my couch, bored with the TV viewing. After checking my social media streams I was inspired to ponder, then accordingly tweet:
Whatever did cats do before the internet?
— Twitchy Me (@TwitchyCorner) November 2, 2014
Starting with John Birmingham (@JohnBirmingham) the retweets began and so responses began rolling in. Some, pretty darn funny:
Cats weren’t made for the internet. They appear to have made the internet…
News to the actual inventor of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee, who is shocked by all the cats he sees on there. Now he fears for the future of the internet and humankind alike, poor man.
One of Thomas Edison’s greatest achievements was the invention of the motion picture camera. Yes- while helping shape and influence the world as we know it today, the awesome mind behind the long life lightbulb- (idea!)- used his creation to film this- over a century ago. As you do. Suck on that, YouTube!
It’s pretty easy to guess how Edison would have chosen to wield this incredibly powerful network of worldwide communications, right?
I suspect the appeal of cat humour is that their historically revered and regal nature lends itself so beautifully to being taken the piss out of. Something the ancient Egyptians might’ve worked out if only they’d had a laser pen. (What’s that Grumpy Cat? No?!)
Also going for this meme of memes is that it’s a game most of us can play at home. And share. And share. And share.
Have you shared your cat on the net? Like them, or are you one of those completely over it?