When Orwell meets the LOLcats are we subjected to newspeakz? I can haz totalitarian rulez

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Ahh, LOLcats. Always there in a pinch when a cheap, easy laugh is in order. But it's kinda like drinking Old Style - it'll get you where you need to go, but you always feel crappy and just a little dirty afterward.

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Now the chatty cats, spelling-challenged as they are, are taking on The Man. They've focused in on George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four - wouldn't Animal Farm have been more appropriate? - like it was a toy mouse hanging from a string.

As it turns out, the future Orwell warned of, one in which the state has total control over our lives, is actually much worse than feared. The Man has been replaced by the catz.

What would Orwell say about this feline abomination dumping his good name and work into the lumpy end of the litter box? We can only guess ...

"Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness."

Or maybe something like this:

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity."

Of course, there's always his thoughts on the alleged generational effect on increasing brain power:

"Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it."

To be sure, truisms all. But surely his sagest thought on the LOLcats clawing up what many think is his greatest work - and one of the great works of modern literature, period - can be summed up thusly:

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."

Big Brother? More like Big Pussy.

Unfamiliar with the LOLcats' genius? Maybe this will help explain:

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