CATS: Now and Offline

Photo by Art Siegel — Creative Commons License Some Rights Reserved

KadmusArts loves great performances. We love music. We love great acting. We love beautiful dancing. We love to laugh. And, we love our online community. But, even we have had enough when it comes to one area of the web that brings together all of the above: Cats!

The web is inundated every day with cats performing, cats playing music, cats doing scenes, cats dancing, and cats doing funny things. Video after video, email after email, link after link, there is an unhealthy obsession with cat shows.

Thankfully, Urlesque is doing something about it. They have created a “Day Without Cats” (on video, on the internet). On September 9, 2009, the world and perhaps all those lonely people with video capability will take a rest from cats online.

How bad is the situation? Even BuzzFeed, a site that follows viral trends on the web, leads a post with “We haven’t had enough cats on the site today, so here’s a story…”

Cats have never been good actors. Performances with animals often feature dogs, the Laurence Oliviers of the house. (Go ahead and name one stage play that featured a leading role for a live cat — not someone dressed like one.) Dogs take direction. Cats take focus. However, it is this cat independence (or low level of intelligence?) that works great for a quick shot video event. If dogs are great at knowing their lines and hitting their mark, cats improvise and have no qualms making fools of themselves.

So, as we begin a new September to December season of amazing performances, let’s take a day to ban the cat shoots. Who knew how prescient Bernie Jacobs would be when he created the promotion, “CATS: Now and Forever.”

- Bill Reichblum

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3 Responses to “CATS: Now and Offline”

  1. Ana Maria
    September 8th, 2009 12:06
    1

    Bill,

    I sense a pretty serious dog-owner bias and certain naivete in your most recent blog. Cats allow us to film them in order to trick us into thinking they are cute pets. This is all in service to their master plan to enslave humans and create a cat utopia with unlimited wet food.

    I also noticed we do not have the Ypres Cat Festival (Belgium) on our site… http://www.purr-n-fur.org.uk/fabled/ypres.html

  2. Gillian
    September 10th, 2009 17:33
    2

    cute cat picture.

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