The founder of 4chan, moot, is coming!

Posted on November 30, 2007 by Carrie Andersen
Categories: Carrie, Getting People, Planning, Team, Triumph

4chan!

Just got word in the wee hours of the morn that the founder of the infamous 4chan.org, moot, is coming to our humble event. 4chan.org is basically a massive web forum for ridiculous photoshops, image macros, what have you. The site itself gets a huge amount of hits a day and some of the most popular image macros probably came from 4chan users in some form or another — tracking down that sort of stuff is hard, of course. It’s also been embroiled in some controversies, which you can read up on Wikipedia.

In terms of what we can now do at the conference, we have a sizable group of people behind forums and amalgamaters of information and images in particular, and that gives us a lot to work with. It will be interesting to see what all these folks can say about the appeal of some pretty ridiculous memes, the actual social community that builds around a site like 4chan, stuff like that.

Sidenote: if any of you folks out there care about the logistical or planning aspects of ROFLCon, the team had a really great meeting late last night about our overall vision and what the hell we need to do now that the internet is actually coming to Harvard for a weekend. Expect some great changes to the website in the future, as well as more information about exactly what to expect — this is not simply going to be a meet and greet for internet celebrities; we’re gunning for some real academic discourse about internet culture as a whole and the place of internet memes in society. And we’ll have a whole lot of fun too, to be sure.

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Benjamin Palmer, CEO of Barbarian Group, Is On Board With ROFLCon!

Posted on by Tim Hwang
Categories: Getting People, Tim, Triumph

Remember this strangely terrifying yet highly engrossing bit of mid-2004 internet culture?

Yep — Benjamin Palmer, CEO of the Boston-based interactive marketing firm The Barbarian Group and who created the Subservient Chicken site with the fine ad folks at Crispin Porter, will be attending ROFLCon!

This is pretty sweet. I’m thinking on the more “conference-y” side of things, ROFLCon might pursue a panel that collects a group of people who run businesses that are built primarily around leverging the fertility of the net as a ground for hatching and spreading memes (as distinguished from straight-up meme aggregators). There’s alot of cool stuff being done in the marketing field on this front, and it’d be great to get some discussion going specifically with an eye towards mindvirus-type work.

At any rate, the ROFLCon team’s getting together tonight for a staff meeting. Updates and schemes from the front will be forthcoming. Carrie’s been telling that there’s some pretty exciting stuff that’s been going down on the guest front, so, stay tuned.

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BREAKING NEWS: Matt Harding to travel to ROFLCon!

Posted on November 28, 2007 by Carrie Andersen
Categories: Carrie, Getting People, Triumph


I’m stoked to announce that Matt Harding, of the infamous “Where the Hell is Matt?” videos, will be attending ROFLCon! His video is one of the most watched on YouTube (at present, it has over 8 million views); he traveled the world (twice!) and did a sort of indescribable dance at some very exotic locations. He also claims to have never lost a staring contest, which is equally impressive I think.

What a wonderful addition to our guest list here at ROFLCon. At the very least, we know we’re set up for a ridic dance party in the evening…

Quick edit: since we’ll be updating the guest list pretty continuously, make sure to subscribe to our feed! You’ll get all the latest info as it happens. Or as we publish it. whatev.

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BREAKING NEWS: Rooster Teeth coming to ROFLCon!

Posted on November 27, 2007 by Christina Xu
Categories: Christina, Getting People, Triumph

This is pretty awesome: Rooster Teeth, the guys behind the uber-popular machinima webseries Red vs. Blue, has officially agreed to show up to ROFLCon!

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Not only are they huge heroes of mine, but Rooster Teeth has really been very important to several aspects of internet culture. Besides helping to popularize machinima, they also were pioneers in successfully converting a free webseries into a commercially viable media productions company. They were also one of the major success stories of fan-created content: Bungie Studios, the makers of Halo, quickly lauded the series as “kind of brilliant” and supported its growth, and since then Rooster Teeth has been commissioned by Microsoft and other owners of the Halo empire to make videos for special events.

And word on the street is they get drunk a lot. Get ready for a good time!

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