Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Regrettable Zeitgeist?

Here at Think Denk, we try to keep abreast and astride and athwart of all the most meaningful, semiotically capacious internet trends. Woe betide the blogger who heeds not the flittering flutter of the zeitgeist! I have had my attention drawn, lately, to a certain captioning, captivating phenomenon: it goes by the mysterious name of "LOL cats." It fuses the concision of Webern and the haiku with the immediacy of the image and relies heavily upon the magnificent erosion of usage that is the lifeblood of language.

You can read about it here at Slate, or else go directly to the source.

Which led (of course, regrettably, inevitably) to:



and perhaps I can include the contribution of a fellow admirer of LOLcats,



Clearly these are humble beginnings. I await, tenterhooked, the contributions of the wider classical blogosphere.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Still sorting through your latest post Jeremy, but I thought your readers would like to know you are on Performance Today(May 23). It is archived at the following link and begins at minute 15 of the second hour. Now back to your post.

http://performancetoday.publicradio.org/?refid=3

Jeremy Denk said...

Yes, because my last post was so intellectually demanding that it takes many years to really deal with it.

Anonymous said...

Can't figure out how to post a reply with a picture so use your imagination and picture the child Mozart seated at the keyboard."Me child genius, me play for cheez."

Geigerin said...

Lesson of the day for me: Zeitgeist is an english word. I was trying to translate zeitgeist as "time ghost" the whole time and that didn't work out too well.

Those cats were pretty funny, I must confess. The Bush one was amusing too! There could be one of Dvorak: "Me no want butcher." Ah, I give up. Everything I think of doesn't sound clever at all!

Anonymous said...

I'm in ur pianoforte

loosenin ur strings

Matthew said...

My attempt.

samantha g. said...

Oh oh, I have one for Dvorak!

"Me in n00 wurld, gettin theems 4 symfony."

Emily said...

For the love of cheez, cheezwhiz and all adulterated cheez products, here's another caption to hang on your J.S. Bach:
"I's a meen harpseekord playuh. Dohn mes wit my's menuwets."

And Monorail Cat pretty much had me on the floor in fits. That's a keeper. Thanks for the link.

Geigerin said...

I guess I should have used "bootcher". Slowly but surely I'm getting the hang of this. ;)

Anonymous said...

Nice and funny captions but I have my attention drawn lately to your website 2007-2008 tour schedule and a certain need to update the most read biography. If think Denk could also include discography?

Enjoy your time off and now back to the intellectual challenging and curious analysis of this trend captions. He he...I see I don't have to study English for in the blogosphere, I'll survive but would still be swimming.

Michael Monroe said...

I really tried to avoid this, but the catz must be heard.

Michael Monroe said...

OK. One more.

Charles T. Downey said...

Great idea, Jeremy. Here is one for Uncle Arnold at Ionarts.

Michael Monroe said...

Sorry for commenting again. You can track my ongoing descent into insanity here.

jwan said...

Its a very informative post..tq. seems it will be a controversial now.

Elli said...

very interesting post

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