If you have the Internet, especially on your phone, you might spend some time on Twitter. And if you’re not completely consumed by this whole Nerd Prom thing, maybe you noticed another hashtag all up in your feed on Friday and Saturday. No, not about the weather, though it is beautiful in New York City.
I’m talking about #ROFLcon. WTF, right?
Whatever it is, it sounds nerdy, though, doesn’t it? Like maybe an excuse for socially inept social media experts (funny how that works, eh?) to bump uglies over the weekend without fear of commitment, or more importantly, rejection. I mean, who is anyone using a Twitter hashtag to judge anyone else using a Twitter hashtag? Or something.
But other than the obvious Gathering of Liberal Arts Internet Kids, what is ROFLcon, really? It started with a meme…
According to their official website, which is supposed to look like it was made on Geocities (ironically), it’s pretty simple:
It was a classic story as old as time: college kids grow up online, decide that it’d be a great idea to throw a internet culture conference, and unleash sheer ridiculousness upon the world.
Back in April 2008, we put on the original ROFLCon — the first internet culture conference devoted to discussing what makes memes work, why they work, and where its all going (and then throwing a big-ass rocking party with the internet celebs themselves). It was a kickass time, not to mention the most important gatherings since the fall of the tower of Babel.
We figured we’d keep doing this as long as it remains awesome (and it still is), so we’ve put together several more internet culture events. Will we ever stop? WHO KNOWS?
It takes place at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and features two days and nights of online fuckery and discussions about online fuckery. Also: “we’re still looking to get Goatse.” If you don’t know what that is, don’t Google it. Seriously. Also, why are you reading this?
The events, though, are interesting, with a guest list that’s a who’s who all-star team of viral content. Even if you’re not there, online you can follow along with each panel through a series of liveblogs. A sample talk includes “i can haz a dream?: race and the internet” featuring the guy from Stuff White People Like and Baratunde Thurston of The Onion. There’s also ChatRoulette bingo.
And tonight, an after party, where moot could have his pick of the litter with regards to a sexual partner. Or just someone to watch YouTube with. LOLs all around!