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Internet Hilarity Invades MIT

Have you ever wanted to talk to Tron Guy? What about mingling with the twisted minds behind Homestar Runner? Do you love LOLCATS or Job-Jab? Then the ROFLCON is for you.

April 25 and 26 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, internet memes that have kept us laughing for years will gather with “brainy academics” for this huge, and no doubt hilarious, event.

Parties, music, live performances by memes, it will all be there.

The ROFLCon website calls it “a group dissection of internet culture. What makes it work, why it works, how it works.”

For those two days MIT will be filled to the brim with some of the most ridiculous, yet brilliant, minds the world has ever seen.

The website claims that it “might be the most important gathering since the fall of the tower of Babel.”


Internet Celebs

1) Jay Maynard, Tron Guy2) Kyle Macdonald, Paperclip to House Guy3) Martin Grondin, LOLCat Bible4) Ryan North, Dinosaur Comics5) The Brothers Chaps, Homestar Runner6) Ryan and Arija, LOLSecretz7) Stephen Granades, LOLTrek8 ) Leslie Hall, Gem Sweater9) Dino Ignacio, Bert Is Evil10) David Lloyd, OCRemix11) Alexis Ohanian, LOLDeconstructed/Reddit12) Randall Munroe, Xkcd13) Group X14) Adam Lindsay, LOLCode17) Drew Curtis, Fark.com18) Rob, Kris, Matt, and Dave, Cyanide and Happiness/Explosm.net19) Rooster Teeth, Red versus Blue20) Matt Harding, Where the Hell is Matt?21) moot, 4chan22) Ian Spector, Chuck Norris Facts23) Rocketboom24) Joe Mathlete, Marmaduke Explained25) Brad Neely, Creased Comics and Super Deluxe26) “Cheezburger,” I Can Haz Cheezburger27) Chris Hastings, Dr. McNinja28) Joey Comeau, A Softer World29) Brian Finklestein, Snakes on a Blog30) Jeffrey Rowland, Wigu/Overcompensating31) MC Frontalot32) Matt Haughey, MetaFilter33) Neil Cicierega, Lemon Demon34) Jeph Jacques, Questionable Content35) Joe Peacock, Mentally Incontinent36) Justine Ezarik, iJustine/300-page iPhone Bill37) Richard Stevens, Dumbrella/Diesel Sweeties38) Leeroy Jenkins39) John Hargrave, Zug.com40) James Zetlen, Sorry Everybody41) Andy Ochiltree, JibJab42) Ji Lee, The Bubble Project43) Avi Muchnick, Worth100044) Denny Blaze, Average Homeboy45) Christian Lander, Stuff White People Like


1) Chris Kelty, Rice University3) J.D. Connor, Harvard University4) Rich Doyle, Penn State University5) David Weinberger, Berkman Center6) Alice Marwick, NYU7) Lana Swartz, CMS

Awesome Folks/Internet Culture Pundits/Captains of Internet Industry

1) Anil Dash, Six Apart3) Benjamin Palmer, The Barbarian Group4) Martin Sargent, Web Drifter, Revision3.com5) Evan White, PR6) Joshua Schachter, Memepool/Del.icio.us7) Jay Parkinson, M.D.8) Nick Douglas, Gawker Media9) Scott Beale, Laughing Squid10) Jason Scott, textfiles.com11) Kevin Driscoll, CMS

About the Contributor
Michael Hogan served as the following positions at The Mass Media for the following years: Editor-in-Chief: Spring 2008; Fall 2008 Arts Editor: Spring 2007; Fall 2007