Just as the LP has enjoyed a second spin among retro-minded music fans, animated GIFs — the choppy, crude snippets of video loops that hearken back to dial-up modems — are enjoying an unlikely vogue as the digital accessory of the moment. In fashion advertising, they are suddenly as hot as ironic brogues, popping up in online marketing campaigns for brands like Burberry, Diesel and Jack Spade. And social media sites like Tumblr have entire pages devoted to viral GIFs plucked from the biggest news events of five minutes ago political speeches, awkward awards-show moments and other pop-cultural flotsam , which instantly circulate as must-see memes. The format has since grown up. Artists and photographers have used GIF technology to push far beyond the lo-fi novelty of Web 1. Consider the Wigglegram , a craze on Tumblr, which creates a jaunty 3-D effect by looping multiple images shot from slightly different perspectives, like an old-fashioned stereopticon.
China's censors are scrambling to put a lid on a social media frenzy unleashed by a journalist's reaction to a softball question during the mostly scripted annual parliament session. Impeccably coiffed and sporting a bright blue suit jacket, Yicai financial news service reporter Liang Xiangyi sighed and raised a sceptical eyebrow at another journalist's query to a delegate at a National People's Congress press event Tuesday. As the question about China's Belt and Road infrastructure project dragged on for 45 seconds, Liang grimaced, glanced sideways to give the woman dressed in red a disbelieving once-over, and concluded with a majestic, head-turning eye-roll. Caught on camera by state broadcaster CCTV, the moment at the usually staid Great Hall of the People went viral and turned Liang into an instant online celebrity.
My relative has a good eye-roll-able FB post each day. This was from last week. My mom really is insane. Eye ROLL. Tried this on daddit and it was not well received, got a hard eye roll and a giggle from my daughter, am I doing this right?