Why gifs are the wave of the future in political satire (I was supposed to write this last week and had a helluva time with the second gif, got so frustrated it pooched it and then today, 2 seconds, gif inserted no problem, ruckin’ fruckin’ bluckin’ suckin’ …)
The above was the first gif I ever came across and to this day, as a frustrated and unrealized writer, it still appeals to me on so many levels I can’t even begin to tell you. Anyone who works in and around computers is also either a, familiar with this or b, busting a gut at this very moment. To say that gifs are a passing fad is akin to when people said betamax was the wave of the future (youth who are reading this, if you don’t know – google it, how hard can it be?!). What astounds me more than anything though is that we have this information highway and so many people are so busy reading mindless drivel that they know little about their culture, heritage or what’s really going on the state of the world today. This is why gifs are really important at this juncture. With all the social media, innundation of ‘sound bites’ and the gen. pop.’s attention span of a flea we need something, witty, innovative and captivating that’s going to incite today’s youth to want to know about the political climate and what’s going on in the world today. Let’s face it the vast majority of the people I know gleen most if not all of their information from Facebook, few people check the facts and I know even fewer people who actually sit down and read the printed word.
When I was growing up, not reading books was unheard of. Today with the advent of e-books and the computer a child could conceivably go through their entire existence and never read a book per se. These same children expect pictures and entertainment and things that run the mass media spectrum to amuse them and they like things that are short. So, if you throw in pictures, video clips and gifs you have a much better chance of hooking a wider spread audience. Even if it has little or no relevance to what you’re writing about. Apparently this really works:
There have been various studies done that looking at pictures of cute animals is so appealing to humans that they actually lower stress levels while looking at them, imagine what this gif is doing for you because it’s animated – woot!
The point is we love animation and moving animation, even better. Can you imagine one of Ford, so hilarious! Oh wait, too late, bwahahahahaha.
Who needs satirical comics when they can do it all on their own? Okay, we need those too to make relevant points but still – how funny is this?!