Glaik Love

Digital Found Art and Musings

Glaik Love #14 – Fun with Memes! October 29, 2009

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Memes – the inside joke of the internets

Whether they be hilarious, annoying, or just have a good ‘huh?’ factor, memes are some of the most interesting byproducts of pop culture that originate in the digital world.  Memes generally rely on a piece of content that has long been living in the realm of obscurity and gives it a shout out with a twist.  People who understand the reference immediately see the humor, along with an added ego-shot of understanding said reference, giving the person a feeling of exclusivity. And possibly warm fuzzies.

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I is smarts!

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This is why many of the most popular memes originate from where geeks live. Like Mordor and video games.

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Anyone remember Zero Wing?

Lesser-geeks come to understand the reference later, when seeing the burgeoning meme and not comprehending why anyone would find it funny. It frustrates the lesser geeks, because, like any good inside joke, it makes them feel like it eludes to some secret inside knowledge that is not available to them. So they do their research, until they uncover THE TRUTH.

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This usually leads to slight amusement. However, since there is still exclusivity, the ‘heh’ factor morphs into something a bit more powerful – knowing something your enemies and playmates don’t know.

Even in adulthood, we still all have the urge once in awhile to say ‘na,na,na,na,boo,boo’:

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I know something you don't know!

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And so the meme grows and spreads virally through the internets and turns into something much more awesome than it ever was in it’s previous life:

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In fact, memes have become such a popular internet phenomenon that they even have their own annual shindig now.

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Yes, Really – Just go and check out ROFLCon

And that, I think, deserves some applause.

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Here’s To Memes!

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Glaik Love!

 

Glaik Love #13 October 21, 2009

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Family on the internets

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Have at least a few people in your life jokingly complained: “Even my mom/dad is on Facebook now”? This statement is usually accompanied by brainstorming ways to friend the family member while still keeping as much information from them as possible.  FYI – if you put them on a seperate friend list that never receives your updates, it works quite well. However, don’t fret either way – the Boomer demographic may be creating profiles, but as of yet the generation gap is keeping them at bay when it comes to learning curve; most drop into the chasm of dead profiles within a couple months.

Aside from older generations discovering the wonders of social media, there seems to be a trend when it comes to family on the interwebs beyond the realm of mommy bloggers.  Many digital agers have recently discovered ways to creatively make fun of the family on the interwebs through other means – crowdsourcing and twitter.

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Here are some of my favorites:

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Dad’s In Short Shorts!

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Meow.

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Awkward Family Photos!

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Why the #@!?& Do You Have a Kid!

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Postcards From Yo Momma!

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Postcards From Yo Momma.

And last, my favorite:

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@ShitMyDadSays!

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Justin (shitmydadsays) on Twitter.

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What are some of your favorite family sites?

 

Glaik Loves – Caught in the Digital Wild April 7, 2009

Caught in the Digital Wild:

A weekly celebration of different groups that make up the Universe

1st Edition

Bromances!

Bromance has existed for centuries - and murses too, apparently

Bromances have existed for centuries - and murses too, apparently

Now, you might think this subject to be a bit cheeky for me, perhaps a bit off-topic.

And it is. And isn’t.

Bromantism has always existed: Butch & Sundance, Sacco and Vanzetti, Simon and Garfunkel, Peter and Jesus, Kerouac and Cassady.  However, not until recently has it been so openly discussed, or even had its own term.

If you search the word ‘bromance’ in Google today,  202,000 results pop up. The word comes up in bars as a joke, out of friends’ mouths as a lament over ice cream, on an MTV promotion for a show by the same name.  It’s so funny that an affection that even Aristotle wrote about* wasn’t put into a single, all-encompassing word until the mid 90s (Dave Carnie coined the term in the skateboard mag Big Brother – thank you again Wikipedia) and yet still, the term didn’t gain traction until 2007’s Superbad. Since this mainstream Hollywood sensation, Bromance is not just a word to encompass an idea, it’s becoming a way of life. Just ask Katherine Bindley, or Time Magazine. I think it’s so interesting – no matter what bromance is particularly, whether it makes you laugh, gag or raise your fist in pride – It’s interesting that the term even exists.

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To Bromance!

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Bonnie

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