Saturday, April 28, 2012
I CAN SEES PENIS???: LOL CATS NOW & THEN
This I SEE PENIS has already made its way around the internet, but I couldn't ignore it's greatness. What a sweet little kitty...good little penis-faced-pussy-cat!!! Cum here Penis Pussy!
Needless to say, the LOL cat, text-on-photo form has been one of the biggest internet memes so far in the brief history of the digital age. Forged in Forchan, expanded to I Can Has Cheeseburger and rearticulated over and over again on every social media platform available, it would be impossible to argue that people don't LOVE cats and their sometimes human-like emotions.
But this concept of personifying cats is hardly new. I just caught a great piece on NPR a couple weeks ago that reminded me of the phenomenon of Victorian LOL-cats, as envisioned by photographer Harry Pointer in the 1870s. Pointer couple captions with photographs of cats to wild success, publishing over 200 cat photos in the Brighton Cats set by 1884. It's no Two Terrabyte server of pet pics that zealous pet owners of today could tout, but that's quite a few photos for the late 1800s.
Sadly, I don't SEE PENIS in any of Pointer's adorable photos. I just SEE PUSSY!!!