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The MemeFactory book will expand on the ideas we’ve developed in our shows and celebrate the media which makes the web awesome.
The MemeFactory book will expand on the ideas we’ve developed in our shows and celebrate the media which makes the web awesome.
177 backers pledged $17,493 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Sean Tomizawa 2 days ago

      Is this still happening...?

    2. Creator Steffen Reinhart on January 19

      Any update...?
      We're quickly closing in on the four-year mark and the last update was more than 6 months ago. Is the book still happening?

    3. Creator Samuel Ryan on July 10, 2014

      Any more news? Thanks!

    4. Creator Mike Rugnetta on January 26, 2014

      Hey Guys – Thanks for the comments. You're right, an update is very much overdue. The long anf short is: nothing has been abandoned, we're just still stuck in the legal part of the process (turns out what we're trying to do it very complicated). I spoke with our lawyer mid-last week, so... we're moving.

      I'll write a larger update to everyone today. Thanks for the prod.

    5. Creator Samuel Ryan on January 26, 2014

      Like Steffen I'd appreciate an update. While I can only speak for myself, if the project is abandoned due to a lack of time, interest or money then so be it, I'd much rather know what's what (even if it's bad news) than be left hoping I will one day see my t-shirt, poster and book.

    6. Creator Steffen Reinhart on January 26, 2014

      So...how are things going? Any updates that you can share with your backers?

    7. Creator Steffen Reinhart on July 30, 2013

      Awesome -- thanks for the reply. Looking forward to reading the text!

    8. Creator Mike Rugnetta on July 29, 2013

      Yes! A big update is going to come this week, actually.

      The long and short of it is that PDFs of the finished CC-BY text should be done in two weeks and manuscript copies (for people who backed @ the Benefactor level) will be going to the printer hopefully NEXT WEEK.

      That being said, since it is now technically a BOOK with WORDS and IDEAS - anyone who wants access to a not-formatted but complete text version can have that whenever they want. Details on how to get / do that will also be posted this week.

    9. Creator Steffen Reinhart on July 29, 2013

      So...we're pushing into year three, any update?

    10. Creator Mike Rugnetta on August 27, 2012

      Pat, Michael - sorry I missed these; We're basically in the same spot we were for the last update which is "editing process." Just, you know, slightly further along. If there is one thing we've learned it's that everything about writing a book takes about 2x longer than we ever thought / wanted it to.

      We have another big editing meeting coming up on the 6th of September, after which there will be another big official project update.

      Believe me when I say: we wanna see this thing out just as bad as all of you guys! Thanks a million for your support and patience and awesomeness. We know its taking pretty much literally forever. <3

    11. Creator Pat Hawks on August 21, 2012

      "Hey so um... whats going on over there?"

    12. Creator Michael Cox on May 18, 2012

      What's new, pips? Haven't heard anything in a while.

    13. Creator Mike Rugnetta on January 20, 2012

      It is! We've been exceptionally lax on the updates, haven't we? Rest assured it's because we're all working our butts off right now. We actually had a conversation w/ Breadpig yesterday about our EDITORS... which is very exciting.

      Suffice it to say hopefully within the next month or two everyone will start seeing PDFs of finished chapters - and eventually the whole book. Those w/ db access can see a bunch of it right now!

    14. Creator Pat Hawks on January 20, 2012

      Is this still expected to be finished by the end of January?

    15. Creator Jeremy on April 18, 2011

      I am down duh down down down with this project. You guys are great and I'm pumped to be able to back you up on this. But i wonder how you might respond to a kindly criticism...first, for all the LOLcats out there: Can teh internetz has message? (humans read: "does the internet have 'a message'?")

      I shall be very much interested to know how you'll address this in your book. Send it to me ex post facto at 1-900-555-5553. Loves! See you at NYU!

    16. Creator Kevin Bruckert on April 18, 2011

      Way to go, guys! Can't wait!

    17. Creator Mike Rugnetta on March 30, 2011

      This isn't REALLY book related, and is really short notice so I've decided to comment instead of update, but if any of our San Francisco backers / friends happen to see this:

      Patrick and I are speaking tomorrow morning at 10:30a at the Web2.0 Expo with Kenyatta Cheese, Jamie Wilkinson and Elspeth Rountree about the challenges of documenting Internet Culture. If you're in the area, you should come by! And if you're already attending, come find us after the keynote and say hey! &lt;3

    18. Creator Stephen Bruckert on March 28, 2011

      @Skippy Hey! Sorry we didn't get back to you sooner.

      I think your comments were interesting... but I don't think it's ironic at all! There's nothing ironic about having a live show about the internet... we think it's a great format for the particular thing we do and we love getting a bunch of people in a room together to share a one-time thing. It's a great antidote to the often-isolating forever-archived nature of the internet...

      As for the book itself, it's a natural fit for us. We've stumbled upon a lot of really interesting ideas and themes in all this culture we've been documenting and explaining, and we believe the successful and complete communication of these ideas requires sustained attention and focus that just isn't fun in a live setting and, for now, incompatible with the way most people use the internet.

      Mike, Patrick, and I are all heavy readers and LOVE LIBRARIES. References to "dead-tree" media are tongue-in-cheek with us. We're huge boosters of internet culture, but not necessarily in opposition to other mediums. We can love the internet and still love paintings, sculpture, music, and literature.

      Thanks for commenting!

    19. Creator Mike Rugnetta on March 24, 2011

      @Matthew Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed the show. If you're in NYC, we're doing another (muuuuch larger!) one April 22nd at NYU. We'll be updating all our backers about it once we get closer.

    20. Creator Matthew Hurst on March 24, 2011

      I really enjoyed your performance at #KittenCamp in NYC, and was inspired to support this project! Looking forward to reading the entire internet, once it's in convenient book form.

    21. Creator Michael Mandiberg on March 22, 2011

      ITS OVER 9000!!!!

    22. Creator Pop 'stache on March 14, 2011

      Love supporting the publishing of a physical book. Check out our photojournalism project for SXSW where we'll be creating a lengthy photobook of the festival: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/817412149/pop-stache-this-must-be-the-fan-sxsw/

    23. Creator Skippy Fox Dudley on March 10, 2011

      I like you guys, I do. As a librarian, who has had to endure 10 years of non-stop chatter from so-called informational professionals from the tech sector, I find it deeply - ironic? That you're using the internet to raise money for your print book about the internet. Could you maybe slip something into your lectures and slide shows about a little respect for my professional and the world of print publishing, maybe? K tx by!

    24. Creator Stephen Bruckert on March 9, 2011

      Nice to have you on the team! Every time we say "famo" we put up a picture of you.

    25. Creator Jamie Dubs on March 9, 2011

      Proud to be a backer. You guys rock, keep up the amazing memework