Internet cat video festival isn’t just about cute animal videos

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Column by Leslie Kam.
Column by Leslie Kam.

Cats have finally succeeded in world domination.

After storming the web with their cute videos, you would think cats would be satisfied with just establishing complete control over the Internet. But now, they are coming to a theatre near you.

Just for Cats: Internet Cat Video Festival is heading to selected Canadian cities (including Vancouver) starting in April, and it plans to screen popular online cat videos to live audiences.

Cat videos for a cause

Yes, it does sound totally absurd. Just the idea of a festival where cat lovers can come together to watch videos easily accessible online would make our ancestors roll over in their graves, but it’s all for charity.

The festival teamed up with The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and proceeds will go to improving cat welfare in Canada.

While I hold mixed feelings for cats because they are probably evil, I can’t oppose a good cause.

Finding support in online communities

It is crazy to think charging people to watch homemade videos on a larger screen could actually help real cats. I can’t really imagine it myself, but this group has found a way to harness the power of the Internet for a good cause. I grew up as part of the generation that has fully embraced the Internet and can’t imagine life without it. I can’t speak for everyone, but many of us have found a special online community that we belong to and have found ways to support our community both online and in real life.

Heed this warning: cat videos may seem like harmless fun, but before you know it, it’s three in the morning, your eyes are bloodshot, and the word document you opened four hours ago remains blank. Just be careful.

Reported by Leslie Kam

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