Like any place in the physical world the Internet has dark corners, seedy venues where the misfits hang out. One such place is 4chan‘s /b/ imageboard. Don’t go and look at it. It’s not a nice place to hang around. There are very few posting rules, and it regularly features extraordinarily deviant porn, gore, racism, and obscure sub-culture references. Yet this oddly fascinating cess-pit is full of surprises. The amazing creativity of the place, for a start: most popular and widespread Internet memes originated on /b/, including LOLcats. It is the primordial soup of the Internet, and you’d be advised not to drink it with croutons.
This weekend, the assorted anons of /b/ did something quite wonderful. A deranged coward of a teenager in the USA videoed himself abusing his cat (a smart grey boy called Dusty, with the most appalling expression of terror and woe). He posted those videos to YouTube. /b/ found them, pooled resources, identifed the culprit and located him, and then bombarded his local news channel with demands for follow-up. The news station contacted law enforcement, the abusers were arrested, and the poor cat is safe at the vets.
The alleged abuser’s alleged details are scattered around the Internet, in case you feel like taking a look. Just google “Kenny Glenn”. (Or, for now, click here – and see if you can spot my cat Naughty’s cameo appearance!)
Say what you like about the anarchic charnel house that is /b/, but you do not fuck with their cats. After all, these people invented Caturday.