Anonymous asked: but compare live GIF-ing to those examples. you have to admit that it's the least valuable to our culture, involves the least work and creativity. unless there are some true artists currently working in the medium of creating live gifs. i enjoy them like anyone else on the internet, but it's nothing I would defend as being important. or at least not important in a positive way.
Alright this is a dumb conversation to have, but here’s the short of it.
An animated GIF is just a lightweight, portable way to show something cinematic online. There’s little to no buffer time, you don’t have to wait through a 30 second Youtube ad, and you don’t even have to wait through dialogue. Give me a GIF gallery and quotes over a clunky video any day.
On top of that, GIFs are easily editable and remixable, so you can use them to report real quick moments but you can also use them to comment on stuff.
No one claims they’re an important thing. They’re just really handy to tell a story online. You don’t want to spend 2 minutes getting to the heart of a debate moment? Here’s a key moment looped for you. They’re inherently silly, so they’re not for everything. But they are handy.
Now, let’s all never speak of this again.