lol, wat?

Last Saturday I spent at least an hour solid scrolling through the archives of this site, <a href=”http://imagemacros.wordpress.com/”>image macros</a>. It’s a combination of ‘funniest home videos’ style still images with this fascinating new form of internet-speak that has sprung up in the last 5 years. You have to be in the right frame of mind to look at it. Detached is best. I was looking at this semiologically. I would guess a fair few of these are done by the same person because there seems to be more of a sciencey bent with these than is representative over the internet.

One thing I find interesting is that it shows how images on the internet have reached a kind of critical mass. Even though cats aren’t involved in this genre, there must be a billion pictures of cats on the internet, and once they’re there they stay there.

From image macros, there’s *<a href=”http://imagemacros.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/tux_picture_unrelated.jpg”>this</a>*. I remember seeing this picture somewhere on the internet nearly ten years ago, but here it is still, and now repackaged to fit the ‘picture unrelated’ meme.

Anyway, some of the images are quite funny, and I liked this one best.<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/4167490517/” title=”hianteater by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2742/4167490517_202f143a21_o.jpg” width=”400″ height=”300″ alt=”hianteater” /></a>

This site seems to be closely linked with 4chan.org. If you’re game go check that out.