I can has cheezburger has brought in supporting funds of 30 million dollars! And all it does it make fun of cats. Here’s the story; actually, it’s the whole network that has scored. The network includes tons of blogs, which amount to an empire. Still….
I can has cheezburger is also a channel on youtube. Having discovered it, we want to share with you another visual metaphor for a philosophical discussion:
7 thoughts on “The Sunday cat is completely shocked!”
I wouldn’t say it makes fun of cats. But what interests me about it, (beyond the fact that I find a lot of it pretty funny) is that 1) it’s almost all user-generated. I’m sure there’s a fair amount of technical work behind it all, but the actual content all comes from users. That’s interesting and a fairly new development, I think. 2) It started off with something the founders found- the original “Happy cat” wasn’t their idea- it was made by someone else and they just found it, liked it, and started things from there. I think the whole thing is better than 90% of what’s on TV, so I’m happy to see it do well.
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Is this video evidence that cats don’t pass the mirror test?
Kathryn, it certainly suggests they won’t.
Matt, I’d be inclined to agree, but I’m ‘worried’ that we’d see them as making fun of cats if we saw cats as worthy of more respect. Comparable pics of Obama would be negative; ones of one’s mom not so good either.
The last link takes one to the early history and how they got people to send them free pics.
Yes, of course, if cats were the sort of thing who had their dignity hurt by having funny pictures of them put on the internet, we might not want to do it (I do feel a bit funny about some of the “fail” pictures that way, though I guess if people ask, they take them down.) but cats are not even plausibly like that, so I don’t see how there could possibly be a problem here.
I suspect that somewhere, Matt, we disagree about cats and dignity, but I’m not sure. I think there may be such a thing as the respectful treatment of one’s feline companions that goes beyond concern for their welfare.
In any case, the negative reaction was the Sunday Cat’s, which I mere channel.
@kathryn: perhaps the cat isn’t failing the mirror test. perhaps she’s just playing patty cake solo:
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