Counter GIFs

Name of the Category Reaction Gif

Example:

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Counter-Example: 

Analysis: These GIFs typically include the entire face or body of a person, which allows for powerful expressions. In the example, the person has a very strong reaction and uses his entire body and face. For a counter-GIF, we made a GIF showing just someone’s eye blinking. Because everyone is always blinking, this doesn’t portray any emotion or reaction to something. If this was sent in a text conversation in place of a reaction GIF, I would consider it an end of the conversation, which is directly opposite to the purpose of a reaction GIF.

 

Name of the Category: Cinemagraph

Example:

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Counter-Example: 

Analysis: These GIFs are normally very classy and artistic, often used in ad campaigns for fashion companies. The example I used was from a Coco Chanel ad campaign. I made a counter-GIF from the Simpsons, and used a picture of Homer drooling. Both of these are crude and unartistic things, but the actual GIF is created in the Cinemagraph style of only having one moving element.

 

Name of the Category: Sports

Example:

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Counter-Example: 

Analysis: Sports GIFs are usually meant to capture an intense moment in a sporting game, and therefore show an epic play or point. I chose an impressive catch from a baseball game for the prototypical example. The counter-GIF shows a very anti-climatic moment in a football game. I think it’s a counter-GIF because it’s not a moment from sports that anyone cares about remembering, so turning it into a GIF is almost pointless and undermines the purpose of sports gifs.

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