Listened to the latest episode of Benjamen Walker's "Too Much Information," and was thoroughly entertained by his interviews with participants at ROFLcon, a conference on internet culture that took place at MIT last weekend. BW spoke with the folks behind sites like I Can Haz Cheezburger, Urban Dictionary, Regretsy, 4Chan, and even keyboard cat about what makes a successful internet meme, why certain memes skyrocket to unprecedented fame, and what this addiction to internet humor says about us as a society.
All the talk about internet memes and failures reminded me of some unintended search results I got for products on Etsy a few months back; I used the search term "radio" to find a birthday gift for a radio pal of mine and you can see the unintended results below. I can kind of guess what this stuff says about us as a society, but I kind of wish I didn't have to know about it. (In case you are wondering, yes, that IS a finger puppet on the lower right, $16!)