How long before the first real academic dissertation on lolcats?

“In this paper I explore the origins of religion in lolcats and the ways in which religion is represented through the creation of lolcats. The research is based on the analysis of lolcats and various secondary sources such as the lolcatbible. Understanding the representations of God (Ceiling Cat) and the Devil (Basement Cat) is essential in documenting the impact technology has in our changing relationship with religion.”

I’ve already suggested on D’log that lolcat as a language could even be the harbinger of something else…

“Maybe that’s what lolcat is for, in the long-view — to give us a form of language that will differentiate human from non-human on the web?”

… so perhaps I should work up the idea into an academic paper? :-)