Internet Culture and Memes

Life Hacks

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What exactly is a 'life hack'? Well according to Urban Dictionary, a life hack is "A tool or technique that makes some aspect of one's life easier or more efficient". These tips and tricks have been around for a while, but now that captioning images and sharing them online has become popular, it makes sense that life hacks would enter the meme world. Lifehacks range from the obviously doable, like "Put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle for a no-mess experience" to the difficult, "Bacon Pancakes", ... read more

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‘Realistic’ FanArt

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The Hyperrealistic style of art is "realism in art characterized by depiction of real life in an unusual or striking manner" according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. In the art world, Hyperrealism is seen as an extension of Photorealism, but in FanArt realism has been taken in a whole new direction, adding details to videogame or anime style characters in a way that suggests a guess at what they would look like in real life. I've noticed that this trend in fanart can be found heavily in the ... read more

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Information Leaks through Fandoms

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Within a fandom, news of new content by the creators spawns joy and sparks debate over the future of the franchise. But sometimes fans are so rabid for new information that they will share new information leaks with other fans, spreading it across the world at a lightning pace that would be impossible without the combined power of the internet and fandom communities. In the age of the internet, content creators have to be very careful about who they reveal information to. Some people are excited ... read more

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Futurama Memes

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Taking stills from TV shows and movies to give them funny captions is one of the most basic form of meme. In this post I will be showing a collection of memes derived from stills of the show Futurama.   The “Why not Zoiedberg?” is a meme which has a line directly from the show, a trend among these memes. It features character Zoiedberg offering himself as an option for… well almost anything. There are many examples of modifications to this meme, such as: computer wallpaper, Pokemon (using ... read more

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New uses of the Hashtag #InternetCulture

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I recently did a post that explained what Hashtags were, but since then I’ve been noticing a lot of hashtags on TV. Before I get too far into this, here is a link to UrbanDictionary (a site that has a lot of definitions of slang and internet jargon) specifically to the definition of hashtag. I have seen them in commercials for products, ads for new shows, and even popping up at the top and bottom of movies that I was watching on cable channels. Seeing all these hashtags being promoted OUTSIDE ... read more

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Cosplay from AnimeUSA2013

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In no particular order, here are my top 10 favorite Cosplays from AnimeUSA 2013! 1) Hilda/Toko/White (left) and N (right) from Pokemon Black & White (videogame/anime/manga) Poekmon is an ever-popular franchise, particularly among children, older teens, and 20-somethings like myself. Hilda (english name), Toko (japanese name) and White, all refer to the girl on the left. Hilda/Toko is the player character in the video game, whereas in the manga had a personality and specific team, and ... read more

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Grand Theft Auto? No. Pokemon X and Y!

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Okay, so I said that my next post would be my favorite 10 cosplay from AnimeUSA, and I'm working on that right now, but something else came up that I also felt like I ought to cover. Here is a funny comic from Dorkly (a "nerd humor" site), talking about midnight releases of video games, most likely in reference to  the new Grand Theft Auto game: http://www.dorkly.com/comic/46282/the-people-you-see-at-a-midnight-release The past few days the internet has been churning with memes and messages ... read more

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Cons and Cosplay

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Comic book and science fiction Conventions did not used to be considered part of mainstream society. A comic book artist or an actor from a SciFi show attending a convention wasn’t really considered news. But there have been increasing celebrity appearances and media coverage at conventions such as Comic Con due to the recent surge of acceptance for ‘nerd culture’ caused by Internet usage. Conventions are held year-round, though in the United States, many conventions fall during the summer, ... read more

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Cookie Clicker and YouTube Reviewers

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Original user-created content is a very important means of communication on the internet. For example, people who enjoy video games sometimes endeavor to create their own games, or to make Youtube reviews of games. A popular new internet game, which is free to play, is called Cookie Clicker.   The game: http://orteil.dashnet.org/experiments/cookie/   The game was released on August 10th and quickly began to gain notoriety. I first heard about it in a forum on an Anime community ... read more

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Gordon Ramsay Meme + What is a tag?

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One of the most common types of meme is one where a photo is captioned various humorous ways and becomes popularly re-captioned. This is what I refer to as a ‘caption meme’. A lot of caption memes are forum sites, such as Reddit, from which today’s meme originates. Chef Gordon Ramsay is a TV personality from the cable channel Food Network. One of the shows he is notable for is the reality show “Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares”, in which he goes to failing restaurant to teach and essentially ... read more

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