A GIF, that is, Graphics Interchange Format, has its purposes. faces come to mind. Animated GIFs have their use too. After all, how many Web sites have you come across that are . The Daily Post article references “whimsical lolcats” and mentions that animated GIFs are used for storytelling or social commentary. If you view those sites, you find some cute (for 3 1/2 iterations) cat animations, a boring and tiring fencing animation and a twitching, spasmodic, repetitive few-second-long video clip from the Olympics. This is oh so painful. These GIFs simply make your eyes go . Then there is the use of GIFs for social commentary. The caption is the best part of these “commentaries.” The video clips are way too short to be viewed for more than 2.375 iterations. Watching these over and over and over and over again will indeed drive you insane and the point of social commentary is lost in this inane insanity.
There is a purpose for all this. GIFs are great for high school hijinks, not for political punditry. One good use of a GIF is to let you know it was a good Thanksgiving - even though I ate turkey 6 days straight. Black Friday has come and gone and store owners are feeling the . Christmas is coming and many homes have been
decorated to the excess. Let’s forget that Christmas is all about presents and I was going to create my own animated GIFs but this was easier. GIFS are for fun, mostly. Using them for anything serious is not a good thing. Then, in this day and age, the attention spans of many are shorter than the seconds it takes a GIF to begin the next iteration.
All GIFs were obtained from this website: http://www.gifanimations.com
My apologies if these animations do not always work. Formatting them so they animate in the output of the post was tricky.