I’m a good friend to all web animals. The excitable turtle who head-butts the aquarium glass. The attractive sloth who embarks on a sluggish aquatic journey searching for a mate. The elusive Utah “goat-man” who clothes as a goat and lives amongst a wild herd. All are welcome on my feeds.
However amid this idyllic on-line menagerie, a rivalry is brewing.
It was once that the home cat was the unqualified mascot of being on-line. However recently, canine are taking on. In viral memes and YouTube movies, cats are slinking into the background. Of their place, excellent boys abound. All of it quantities to an lovable existential disaster for web tradition.
Of their platonic on-line kinds, cats are individualistic, aloof, extraordinarily spooky. Canines are loyal, happy-go-lucky, not very spooky in any respect. Cats gaze impassively because the world burns. Canines at all times appear to be they’re smiling. Cats are entropy. Canines are order. (Additionally: Cats are women and canine are boys.)
What does it imply that the web has switched its animal allegiance? We examine within the first episode of the second season of “Internetting.”
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Keen observers of the critternet have been charting the rise of dogs and the downfall of cats for months, each proffering their own theories about the power struggle. The Outline’s Owen Phillips has called it “a byproduct of the shifting demographics of the internet” from nerdy cat people to mainstream dog types. The BBC’s Dave Lee posited that dogs supply “a much needed diversion from the humorless drudgery that makes up much of the modern social web.” And Salon’s Keith Spencer places the blame squarely on President Trump, “the big orange tabby — er, politician — in the room.” Me-ow.
For those just in it for the fur, here’s a guide to internet stalking the pets featured in this episode: The Instagram pages of Maru the dog and Maru the cat; the Facebook presence of Lil Bub; the Instagram account Rosie the “adventure cat” shares with her constant companion Lilo the Husky (a borderline crime against nature); Twitter’s WeRateDogs and Black Metal Cats; the Instagram pages of Marnie the Canine, Menswear Canine, and Doug the Pug; and the cat therapeutic massage girl video. Now, steal away with me to this Japanese island dominated by cats.
Cats are higher than canine,