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A Lesson In “I Shouldn’t Be Surprised That This Exists,” LOLFed Edition…

February 25th, 2010 · No Comments
Just For Fun · Policy

My friend Jeff is organizing a series of “lightning talks,” which are two minute presentations (complete with a PowerPoint deck set to autoadvance in order to enforce the 2 minute rule) about something (hopefully) interesting. He asked me what the title of my talk is going to be, and I told him that I didn’t know yet, since I wasn’t sure what I could talk about that would fit into two minutes and be interesting to the audience. He then pointed out that often it’s the presentation of the material that makes it interesting, and the conversation proceeded to go as follows:

Jeff: like, teach the tragedy of the commons using LOLcats
me: ha. I can haz grazing space plz??
Jeff: call it IM IN YR TERRITORY, CONSUMIN YR PUBLIC GOOD

As I hope you would have learned in my last post, the tragedy of the commons refers to common resources rather than public goods, but “IM IN YR TERRITORY, CONSUMIN YR COMMON RESOURCE” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. (Note that consuming someone else’s public good isn’t technically a problem, since it doesn’t take away from the ability of others to consume the good.)

I thought this exchange was funny, so I posted it to my Facebook page. Shortly thereafter, lovely reader Naomi Kennedy pointed me to the best thing I’ve seen today. (In fairness, consider that its main competition was the health care summit on C-SPAN.) As such, I present to you…drumroll please…LOLfed.com. (Sidenote: hmmm, that blog format looks strangely familiar…)

I like that the site provides commentary and “more on this topic” links and not just pictures. My favorite so far:

A close second, since I like to give proper credit for wordplay:

Well, now you know what I’ll be doing this evening…at least until the Olympic figure skating starts that is…

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