Friday, 29 September 2006

Dear Association of Internet Researchers,

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed Mel's paper, and I also hope you found some small thing here to increase your enjoyment, knowledge, and understanding of the marvellous internet. It is very nice indeed to be visited by people who are not simply searching for this picture of Slavoj Zizek. I don't understand that. Surely it is not possible to have even the vaguest idea who Zizek is without also (always already?) knowing what he looks like.

If you came mostly looking for more posts about life on the ignoble fringes of academe, try here.

Or, if you were just looking for more photographs of my cat, here are more than anyone could ever wish to see. It baffles me why mentioning cats on the internet is almost universally considered a clear symptom of simpering imbecility. Of course, it very often is a symptom of that, but there are plenty other symptoms as well. If any of you are actually doing research into this (sociology of cat-hating on the internet), or know of published work on the subject, I would be extremely interested to hear of it as I am considering trying to write something about it myself.

Again, thank you for dropping in, and best wishes for a good conference.

11 comments:

Tim said...

Well I knew what Zizek looked like but I'm still impressed by that photo. Is he taking the piss or is he just on the piss?

Ampersand Duck said...

I love that photo of Baz dropped in front of the Harbour Bridge. I bet there's millions of photos just like that all over the world, only human. Same facial expression, too.

lucy tartan said...

That's his wedding day, Tim. I think he's a little hung over.

Kate said...

Do you think dog bloggers or cat bloggers are held in less esteem? And why are there no lorikeet bloggers or goldfish bloggers or guinea pig bloggers? Or haven't I looked hard enough for them?

BTW have still not evah won Bazlotto.

jean said...

I'm sorry to admit it, but I too have a weird and morbid fascination for that particular photograph of Zizek. In fact, you're only on my blogroll so I can always find it ;) Only joking. I'm really here for the cat photos.

PS if there is, in fact, no sociology of cat-hating on the Internet, i suggest we write a CFP for a conference panel on the topic somewhere, and thereby constitute such a sociology.

Zoe said...

Kate, I have blogged my goldfish!

And for some reason, it's the cat bloggers what attract the hatas.

lucy tartan said...

Fluffy's blogged her goldfish too.

worldpeace_and_aspeedboat said...

I think dog bloggers are seen as simple, and cat bloggers are seen as a bit mad. that's the impression I get, anyway... and that's a huge generalisation, btw.

Destructomeg used to blog her guinea pigs (on her own blog not For Battle)... hasn't done it for a little while now though.

Ben.H said...

Thanks for posting that picture of Slavoj Zizek again!

Mindy said...

I could have blogged the rabbit that I just found in Gem's room, but people might have gotten upset by what the cat had done to it... It wasn't anyone's pet if that helps.

Peter said...

I had no idea what Zizek looks like and no inclination to find out. But that picture didn't load. So now, not only do I want to know what he looks like, I want to see that picture. So I have gone from a zero curiousness level to a double curiousness factor in but a heartbeat.

Interestingly, this is the most emotion/interest that Zizek has ever inspired in me. Until now, the only attraction was citing him in an essay so I could spend hours buggering about with accents etc to spell his name correctly and in the most pretentious way possible.