Apr 7 2009 12:30pm to Apr 7 2009 12:30pm

Berkman Luncheon Series

The LOLCat-hedral and the Bizarre: A Memescape Manifesto

Tim Hwang, Berkman Center

What's the link between Rick Astley and funny cat pictures? How about "alpaca sheep" and Anonymous? Is internet culture as a whole fundamentally random, or does an underlying pattern link these phenomena? This talk will look back on 2008 in the meme universe, explore the ecosystem of hardware and software that undergirds internet culture and will attempt to use this approach to peek into the trends that will shape web celebrity and culture in the future.