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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.
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      Michael Cox on May 18, 2012

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

    2. Mike Rugnetta Creator 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!

    3. Pat Hawks on January 20, 2012

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

    4. 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!

    5. Kevin Bruckert
      on April 18, 2011

      Way to go, guys! Can't wait!

    6. Mike Rugnetta Creator 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! <3

    7. 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!

    8. Mike Rugnetta Creator 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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:

    11. 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!

    12. 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.

    13. Jamie Wilkinson on March 9, 2011

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