Counter GIFs

 

Cinemagraph GIFs:

WE tv sad rain emo emotions GIF
Cinemagraph GIF

Counter:


Analysis:

A typical cinemagraph GIF is utilized for aesthetic purposes as opposed to for humorous or entertainment purposes. In the first GIF, it portrays a man in the rain. The man is not moving, but the rain is, creating a somber tone, yet beautiful scene. In the GIF that I created, it is Joni Ernst repeatedly blinking her eyes. Cinemagraph GIFs typically contain one single moving element in the backward, as well, but this GIF contains a single moving element on the actual subject. The GIF has little aesthetic qualities and appears to have little meaning, making for an awful cinemagraph GIF.

 

Sport GIFs:

 

 sports vintage basketball nba history GIF
A typical sports GIF

Counter:

Analysis:

Sports GIFs are usually used to portray glorious moments in sports’ history. They showcase exciting moments that can create feelings of joy and/ or sorrow for fans. In the first GIF, Julius Erving is seen making an aesthetically pleasing (and possibly tear-jerking) basket. In the GIF that I created, however, the GIF is short in length and glory. There’s nothing special going on, just some dribbling of the ball, which, in comparison, elicits little to no emotion from the audience and would contain no purpose in being shared.

Reaction GIFs:

Andrea reaction trippy wow omg GIF
Reaction GIF

Counter:

Analysis:

Reaction GIFs are self-explanatory. They are GIFs that depict a lot of emotion and can be seen all over the web. They are used in text based conversations to portray emotions that may not be conveyed if only words were being used. In the first GIF, there is a child in complete awe/ wonder, looking around frantically. Context and intention are key with reaction GIFs. This particular GIF can be used to convey feelings of actual wonder or it can be used for irony, to portray a person looking for all the “cares” that they have. The reaction GIF that I created is a counter because it lacks emotion and though “no emotion” is also an emotion, I cropped it enough so that the man’s mouth would be slightly moving, as well. This makes it seem as if he is speaking and should therefore have some sort of emotion, yet his facial expressions are very anti-climactic and, therefore, the lack of purpose would probably not make this a very popular GIF used.

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