Why are cats so popular on the Internet? While the answer may seem pointless, it actually highlights cultural differences. In America, Asia, and Europe, cats are popular video subjects to watch. yet in U.K. goats are particularly popular video subjects despite the fact that few people own a goat.

Even stranger is that dog videos actually appear more frequently than cat videos. Yet cat videos seem popular because they get all the publicity. The museum exhibit digs into this strange fact by suggesting cats are simply society’s way of looking at itself using cats as a substitute.

After all, given a choice between looking at a boring human or a cute cat, which one would you rather watch over and over again?

To read more about the cat exhibit at the Museum of Moving Images, click here.

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