I spent Friday and Saturday on the campus of MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts attending ROFLCon III. What is ROFLCon? It's a biennial convention (this year was its third) held to celebrate and discuss internet memes and the celebrity that is often created alongside them. This year's invited guests included Chuck "Nope" Testa, Antoine Dodson, who became famous when he appeared on local news after a home invasion, Paul "Bear" Vasquez, AKA the "Double Rainbow" guy, and "Tron Guy" Jay Maynard. There are also internet celebs of a different ilk — people who have created loved and admired "works," like Chris Torres, creator of Nyan Cat, Matt Oswald, creator of the "Me Gusta" guy, or film editor Duncan Robson, creator of the very well known supercut "Let's Enhance." There were also academics, thinkers, and media on hand to round out the very diverse crew. Oh, and Scumbag Steve was there.

Like other conventions, ROFLCon is an assortment of prepared keynote speeches — this year's were by I Can Has Cheezburger's CEO Ben Huh and Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of internet law at Harvard University, one-off presentations, and moderated panels on topics such as "Life After the Meme," and "Webcomics: The Longview."

Unlike a lot of other conventions, however, the atmosphere is laid back and mostly everyone seemed to be having a pretty great time. I'll admit, I wasn't sure what to expect (this was my first ROFLCon) going in, but the fairly joyful environment caught up with me. The discussions at ROFLCon covered a wide assortment of topics ranging from the funny to the very serious — things like intellectual property law, and data management for huge sites such as Reddit and YouTube — but for the most part, there was a prevailing vibe of positivity that I at first found to be endearing and hard to disagree with, but ultimately left feeling unsettled about.