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Gifs as art

It’s good to see the mainstream media (for the sake of this entry let’s all agree that PBS falls under this category) finally get onboard with a topic that I’ve personally and professionally long been a fan of and advocate for: the humble gif image. As I wrote earlier, “GIF images have historically resided in the seedier corners of the Internet, in profiles of message board users and the like, but these looping animated images have started to emerge as a medium of some artistic merit in their own right” (wow, did I just re-quote myself. That is so douche-y!). In the above recent online video segment, PBS examines gifs, “one of the oldest image formats used on the web” and how they’ve evolved into something larger today, something web prognosticators argue can be considered an art form.

For our long-time readers (thank you, btw), none of this should be a surprise and in fact some of the gifs shown in the segment should be familiar to you. From the early days of SUNfiltered I’ve kept y’all informed on the contemporary emergence of gifs and their significance to popular culture (See here, here, here, here, here, and here). One cannot discuss and know memes without also mentioning gifs in the same sentence.

One application of gifs that PBS didn’t mention was how I like to deploy gifs from my vast collection (that reads pretty sad on second thought…) in conversations with friends online. I like to express my emotions or responses via a gif and have that image speak for me. Here are 3 of the most used gifs from my arsenal:

1. Haters Gonna Hate: Best deployed when receiving hate.

2. Thumbs Down: Used to demonstrate displeasure about your friend’s life choices and to judge.

3. Highest of All High Fives: To celebrate with a bro beyond a measure that a regular high-five just can’t express.

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