Cat Videos and Control

How Dogs Took Over the Internet and Why Cats Must Rebel” (Internetting Season 2) -- The New York Times, 2018, 4:39 --

How can the rivalry between cats and dogs explain changes in our collective understanding of the Internet? This video is only abstractly related to sociology, but it makes a gripping argument: “Cats represent chaos without consequences”, and this is how the Internet used to be (and perhaps should be). What sociological connections can we make here? The argument seems to speak to social control, obedience to authority, and perhaps that “bureaucratization of spirit” Max Weber spoke about. Regardless, I hope you find this intriguing and enjoyable.

From the video’s description: Dogs are order. Cats are chaos. Dogs are loyal and compliant. Cats are … not. Why has the internet suddenly switched its allegiance?