Internet Meme’s: LOLCat's

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Internet Meme’s: LOLCat's

  1. 1. Internet Meme’s<br />
  2. 2. Internet meme is used to describe something as a picture, video, concept or a catchphrase that spreads quickly through the Internet from person to person, they are usually spread through e-mail, social networking sites, message boards etc. The meme may stay the same over time or they are altered over time by different people.<br />Internet Meme<br />
  3. 3. A lolcat is a picture that usually involves a cat, but can involve other animals, that has a caption which is in broken English or Internet slang, this parodies poor grammar. The caption on the image usually acts as a speech balloon expressing what the cat is thinking or a description of the scene. Many lolcat images capture cats performing characteristically human actions or appearing to use modern technology, such as computers.<br />LOLCats<br />
  4. 4. Images that portrayed cats in human situations date back as far as the 1860’s when a photographer from Brighton published a series of photos of cats doing humans things. In the early 20th century Harry Whitter Frees started to create novelty postcards with animals dressed in human clothing. The first use of the term ‘lolcat’ goes back to 2005 on the imageboard 4chan, in 2006 ‘lolcats’ started to grow on the internet and a website called LOLcats.com was setup. The popularity started to spread and were started used widely on message boards. On 4chan users started to post pictures of cats on Saturdays which lead to the term/meme ‘Caturdays’.<br />History<br />
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  8. 8. LOLCats has gained national media attention in the United States when there was an article on lolcats in TIME magazine, its one of the biggest magazine’s in America and worldwide with 3,360,135 readers a week in America.<br />There are also now books about lolcats available to purchase on Amazon:<br />LOLCat Bible<br />How Take Over TehWurld<br />LOLcats: Teh Most Funyest, Cutest Internet Kittehs<br />Icanhascheezburger.com is the biggest LOLCat website and contains thousands of images on there of lolcats, according to TIME Magazine, the website was acquired by a group of investors in September 2007 for US $2 million which shows how popular the lolcat meme has become.<br />In other media<br />

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