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August 31, 2019

How many of us watch opening credits anymore?

Over the decades we’ve seen credits decline from a 3+ minute staple at the beginning of a film to not just relegated to the film’s end, but necessitating an enticement to keep you there at all: here’s a ‘surprise’ scene----maybe two!----that everyone is going to be talking about. Better stick around. The title sequences of TV shows were seemingly in trouble the day DVRs came on the scene, but they’ve gotten even easier to bypass in the age of streamin...

April 25, 2019


[Be sure to check out part one, twothree, and four in this series!]

Here we are, friends! The final leg of the race. Although, if this really was a race I’d be coming in dead last considering that I’ve been slow as molasses in finishing this series. Ah well. It's the effort that counts. 

Reaction GIFs. The holy grail of GIF-ing. 

Even the super stereotyped Baby Boomer with their dur hur technophobia has at least some level of fondness for this form. After all, it’s how GIFs initially made sense...

September 7, 2018

A few weeks ago I received an email from an editor I’m working with that had “Urgent” written in the subject line. Always a great way to give a grad student her daily heart attack. This actually wasn’t a big issue though, just a legitimate question she was relaying from the copy editor: Why in the world did you write “powerful!Harry” at the end of your essay? Is this some sort of typo? 

It definitely looks like one doesn’t it? By the rules of conventional English (whatever the hell that means) ch...

August 26, 2018

[Be sure to check out part one, two, and three in this series!]

Now, before we finish this series off with GIFs primary function—as a reaction statement—I thought it would be good to tease out some of the myriad other ways that people use them online. A sort of catch-all, broad stroke, miscellaneous section. Because despite what most people tend to assume, GIFs are capable of expressing a lot. 

I was procrastinating the other week, as is my wont over summer break (RIP the good months), when I scro...

July 6, 2018

[Be sure to check out part one and two!]

Groundhog Day much? Haven't we already been here before? Sure, the GIFs I talked about in our last section—like Incorrect Marvel Quotes or the beautiful pairing of B99 with the latest memes—seems kind of fic-ish. It's basically a story. Want to know what it would be like to see Jake Peralta sighing, "May I get a hell yeah?" Now you know! These GIFs are already taking imagined scenarios and trying to pass them off (with everyone in on the joke) as actual ca...

June 13, 2018

(Part One of this series on GIFs can be found here.) 

In my previous blog post I gave a basic run-down on GIFs, specifically how we use them to recall, advertise, and appreciate small moments within a canon. Today we're picking up where we left off and diving into the GIF's intersection with memes.

Now I spend a lot of time on tumblr. Too much time, I'm sure. There's certainly plenty to criticize about the social media platform----both in terms of its structure and its anon/flaming culture----but...

May 29, 2018

Recently I had a paper published on Harry Potter GIF-sets, examining some of the work that GIFs----particularly tumblr GIFs----do to bridge the gaps between canon novels and their movie adaptations. Upset that a particular scene didn't make it into the film? No worries, fans can adapt footage and combine it with other visual texts the actors have been in, matching up those moments with dialogue from the book to give you your favorite event on a (smaller) screen. Desperate to relive a particular...

April 28, 2018

Did anyone else go through phases as a kid where there was such a thing as too much popularity? Where somehow instead of wanting to fit in you had an intense drive to distinguish yourself, usually by rejecting whatever was cool at the time? That first question is rhetorical since I know damn well most of us have done this. And it's gendered. It's how we got the manic pixie "I'm not like those other girls" trope. If you like awful, popular things like snapchat filters or----heaven forbid----pumpk...

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