A conference about Internet culture at MIT brings together the biggest stars of the Web, including "Double Rainbow guy," Antoine Dodson, "David After Dentist," and more. In this eight-minute documentary, produced and edited by The Atlantic, it is discovered that even though their lives have been turned upside down, and in some cases totally transformed, by Internet fame, memes are people too. They're pretty awesome people, actually.
It's clear that memes — once the province of select internet denizens — have become mainstream entertainment in their own right. 4Chan founder Christopher Poole hosted a solo panel at the ROFLCON, where he discussed the way online culture has evolved in recent years. Contrasting the forum-driven years of the web, when one would have to purposefully seek out online communities that matched their interests, to the modern "social" internet, where the semblance of an instant community is just a mouse click away, it's a fascinating discussion on what's been lost and what's been gained.