Lul explored by Huh
November 17th, 2010


Today Mashable has a story about and video of Ben Huh, CEO of the motherlode of lul, The Cheezburger Network. Huh’s talk is about how the internet is affecting culture. From the article:

Huh touches on the burgeoning ability of average citizens — those who previously were only able to consume what Hollywood fed them — to create their own spin on current events/pop culture. Thanks to tools like YouTube (YouTube) and Photoshop, Huh says, “They have created a subculture on the Internet (Internet) populated by viral content and Internet memes.”

During the course of his talk, Huh also made an important — oft-muddled — distinction between viral content and memes. Memes, he says, “give life after its initial life to viral content.” Therefore, that funny cat video that all your friends were passing around last week would be defined as viral content, while the auto-tuned remix of that same video would be deemed a meme

The image shown above from Huh’s talk is definitely lul. As distinguished from lol, lul means Lame Uncomfortable Laugh. (I confess I had to look it up. LOL)

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