The Cat and Mouse Game - A public service announcement
In Asian Folklore, The Buddha summoned twelve animals to honor. The order of the animals arrival would merrit their place in the Asian Zodiac. The Ox was to be first however the Rat rode on the back of the Ox and upon the the Buddha's entrance the Rat jumped off, scampered in first, cheating the Ox and the Tiger's rightful places.
In 1863 Édouard Manet's famed painting; "Olympia" the black cat was depicted as symbol of the night force and the feminine. Au contraire to the Patriarchal Bourgeoisie Paris Salon!
Mickey Mouse made his animated debut in 1928.
Amerian Jazz embraced Cats and regarded them and themselves as Cool Cats and Hep Cats for several decades throughout World Modernity. Again, creatures of the night.
1940, and the height of World War Two, Tom and Jerry appear and the genre of "Cat v. Mouse" is taken to violent extremes with waffle iron burnings, explosives, hammers-ad infinitum. Jerry is portrayed cute, likeable and ever clever however this writer believes that Tom's character is stripped of his dignity as a true feline and mouser.
1950, Mickey Mouse re-appears on television and creates an American Cult of kids wearing mouse ears and learning social norms of the Atomic Era. Mickey Mouse becomes the official mascot of the "Disney" Empire.
We know of hundreds of other Cats and Cat and Mouse games that were played out through the later part of the Twentieth Century which is too vast for this mini narraitve.
Fast Forward to 2011 and the internet's prime time; Nyan Cat becomes our first Meme in all its rainbow glory and overwhemingly Cats quickly become the internet's official mascot.
Cut to the present 2017, Chinese year of the Rooster, and a new cat and mouse game is being played out on the internet; the Rats want to create dossiers on us Cats and keep tabs on what we're up to. This game will not be played in the violent scenarios of Tom and Jerry with anvils and waffle irons.
This Cat already pays the Rats two hundred U.S. dollars a month just to access the internet at home and on the go which is a bit pricey however, I do not dispute this as everything has a price.
However, we being Smart Cats; the game is on and we have choices. We can move from Microsoft Windows to open source Linux, use encrypted e-mail services, encrypt hard drives and smart phones, create smarter passwords and view the web through a VPN.
As Cats, we are indeed independant, smarter and won't be owned.