TL;DR, Ben says lots of stuff.
I know I’ve answered lots of questions in other areas, but I thought I’d try to bring it all to one place. I will do my best to answer and tell you if I can’t answer, or if I don’t know.
My answers won’t many everyone happy, but I would like to be up-front and honest and that’s the best way to communicate with any community.
I’ll start with some FAQs:
Why did you buy KYM?
I’ve mentioned this before to many, but we love communities. We believe that the future of media and entertainment is in communities who want to entertain and benefit each other. We felt that KYM had a great community that was really passionate about meme research and Internet culture, just like the rest of us at Cheezburger.
What do you intend to do with our community?
We’ll invest time, resources, people, servers, and our attention. There are some fundamental technical infrastructure things that needs to get done, and we’ll give James the tools he needs to get them done. Brad, Don and Olivia wanted more time to work on the site and we’re working to provide that too. As I have said before, we bought KYM because we love what it does today, not because we want to turn it into something else.
Will you bring back the KYM video series?
I would love to. But we also want to make sure that it’s sustainable. In other words, I don’t want to just make you happy and produce a few videos and call it a day. If we’re going to do videos, it will take some time to find a sustainable way to do it.
Who owns a meme?
Memes are owned by no one and everyone -- a meme by definition requires the participation of many parties. I believe that it’s a gift to the Internets. We have not, do not, and will never exert a claim of ownership over a meme. I have been called the “inventor” or “creator” of lolcats or other memes many times (usually by journalists in a hurry), but I have always and consistently identified the creation of lolcats with 4chan, but many publications would rather not mention 4chan.