Every Saturday, something strange happens. On the /b/ message board of 4chan.org, users post pictures of cat. A lot of them. It’s “Caturday,” the weekly dumping of cat pictures on 4chan’s random-themed message board. An early instance of the cat meme, it makes little sense to many people. Let’s explore the meaning behind the plethora of cats on the Internet and ask not only “Where do they come from?” but also “Why am I still laughing at my ninth viewing of this cat video?”
The Internet is a confusing place. I feel that I am a veteran Internet user, and yet in researching for this blog I discovered that in my time on the Internet, I have barely experienced the tip of the metaphorical iceberg. In order to help you understand more thoroughly the things I will be discussing beginning in my next post, I would like to provide a source of information on the Internet, specifically about the humor found there.