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This article was published on August 26, 2012


    “Memes are serious business” – A chat with LOLcats expert Kate Miltner

    “Memes are serious business” – A chat with LOLcats expert Kate Miltner
    Robin Wauters
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    Robin Wauters

    Robin Wauters is the European Editor of The Next Web. He describes himself as a hopeless cyberflâneur, a lover of startups, his family a Robin Wauters is the European Editor of The Next Web. He describes himself as a hopeless cyberflâneur, a lover of startups, his family and Belgian beer. If you'd like to know more about Robin, head on over to robinwauters.com or follow him on Twitter.

    Kate Miltner‘s most prominent claim to fame is penning her masters dissertation at the London School of Economics on LOLcats and other popular Internet memes.

    You can download it here (PDF) if you’re interested in reading it.

    Nowadays, Miltnerworks as lead planner at Jam @ Engine, but she also still loves memes with a passion, so much so that she traveled to Sweden to talk about them at the Media Evolution conference.

    Errrhmargerrrd, we thought, we need to catch up with this lady.

    So I did, and we talked about Internet memes and why so many of them have spread like wildfire in the past few years. Miltner also explains why they’re not just silly and ‘low-culture’ and admits that she once dressed up as a LOLcat back in 2008.

    And no, I’m sorry, I did not get hold of that picture (yet).