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Meme Forecast for 2014: Doge Is Poised to Take the Internet

LOLcat had a good run of the Internet, but 2014 might just be the year of the dog(e).

 |  Jan 1st 2014  |   1 Contribution


It's hard to look at the Internet without running into a cat. Like, there you are, scrolling through your Facebook feed, giving thumbs-ups to friends' photos, when all of a sudden: cat.

And then you click on the cat, which takes you to a video of cats, and then, before you know it, you've spent an hour down a cat video rabbit hole, and wait, what were you doing again?

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I spend a lot of time thinking about the Internet and cats and dogs. I spend so much time thinking about it that I now dream in memes. Currently cats totally dominate the Web, spreading themselves out on it like, well, like a cat on a warm laptop. However, in the past few months, a meme has emerged that might turn the Internet to the bark side.

It is the doge, and at this point, the doge has its own currency -- doge has even infiltrated politics.

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I made an OkCupid doge.

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This.

What is doge? A simple breakdown of this meme is a picture of a Shiba Inu, the Comic Sans font, and the word "wow!" But that hardly captures what doge really is.

And to be honest, I can't tell you what doge really is except it's really really funny.

The meme actually began about five years ago with a Homestar Runner cartoon in which dog is spelled d-o-g-e. "Doge" reappeared in 2010 on Reddit with a photo of a dog. As I understand it, doge met the Shiba Inu on Tumblr, where the full-scale doge was born. And now doge has hit mainstream Internet culture, transcending the Internet, and now I find myself "dogeing" out loud, discussing with friends the grammatical rules of "proper dogeing."

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I doged myself.

The likes of LOLcat have had a stranglehold on the Internet, but doge may be the meme to wrest control of the Web from the claws of cat memes, bringing with it an era of the canine.

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And that's how cats and dogs took over the world.

What do you think? Is doge going to sway the cat-filled Internet to the Kingdom of the Canine? 

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