Absurd Idols

A proto-meme (from 1983):

Don Markstein’s Toonopedia: The Angriest Dog in the World

…wherein a single, poorly drawn figure is repeated over and over with different absurd captions. I have also seen evidence of “lolcatz” from the 19th century.

As with any technology, the Internet simply amplifies a pre-existing human trait by focusing its expression, extending its reach, reifying its essence, and institutionalizing its existence, all the while uprooting it from its natural sources and recursively analyzing its mechanism until a simulacrum of its function can be synthesized. So, technology cannot be “unnatural” or “inhuman”–but its products, separated from organic functionality and propelled by outside forces, lack the inertia of life or the agency of humanity.


Instigate some pointless rambling

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