Why LOLcats are important

Many people have pondered my fascination with lolcats. The answer is simple: humour using animals as a proxy allows us to delve deeply into the human condition, to reveal our foibles  and frailties.

funny-pictures-meme-cats-business-cat-climbA good example is the recent post I shared from icanhascheezburger. It highlights the dangers of success for human beings.

We strive and strive to achieve power and status and then often discover that this achievement does not fulfil as we had hoped or planned.

There often remains unnamed, inchoate desire that is unsatisfied by achievement of long held goals.

Or, we achieve the goal and then discover that we’re on a treadmill from which it can be hard to alight. The achievement of success can be a trap, one where satisfaction remains elusive, and yet one cannot seem to stop.

As a person who has achieved a variety of ‘successes’ during my life this lolcat reminded me that success is not always what one imagines.

The lolcat is a charming, cute mechanism for transmitting humourous and important ideas about humanity. They also make me LOL.

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.

4 thoughts

  1. Agree LOLcats have a serious social purpose but wonder whether making mistakes is such a bad thing and whether, if we always concerned ourselves primarily with getting it right nothing would ever get done. Hidden wisdom in faulty trajectories, perhaps …

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  2. LOLcats give us a way of shining a light on something we or others do with a little criticism and jest. The world seriously need to be less serious and laugh at it’s self a bit.

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