Very interesting article in this week’s Phoenix, about what the popularity of things like lolcats, Hello Kitty, Juno, and the like says about us as Americans in 2008. (Hint: we’ve been infantilized by fear and angst and need to surround ourselves with brightly colored doofy stuff to stay sane.)
Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, it’s just interesting that someone (i.e. Sharon Steel) pointed it out. She even manages to work in McSweeney‘s and The Moldy Peaches.