i HAZ A bLOGG!!!!111!!

By kate on June 8th, 2007

Recently I’ve enjoyed watching the waves and ripples of lolcats wash over the internet, followed by our culture as a whole (at least my digital subculture). I love the way memes like this get transmitted and mutated at such great speeds.

Ken pointed me to a well thought-out blog post explaining some of the recent trends (leetspeak and image macros like lolcats). It’s definitely worth a read if this stuff interests you (the meat of the content starts two pages down from the beginning, so you can skim at first):

A fusion of sorts between learned, direct language and rapid, practical digital missives takes place with leetspeak and macros. Both relay a great deal of information in a small burst of code. Each depends on the receiver of the information having working knowledge of the culture and its references. In a sense, these serve as argots, and help identify both sides of the information transfer as belonging to the subculture where they appear. The in-joke is part of the communication. The separation of ingroup and outgroup helps drive the rapid evolution of both leetspeak and macros…

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One Response to “i HAZ A bLOGG!!!!111!!”

  1. Ken Says:

    I’ve always had a special fascination for combo-memes, like “All Your Base Ate My Balls” or Mahir Dance, or
    my latest favorite

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