This week in case, we went over another digital form of communication, known as GIF (Graphic Interchange Format). This one alone is very similar to MEMES. In fact, you could argue that GIF is the next level that follows. Regardless of how they work, one thing can be understood: they both aim to present a message or idea with text and image (still or motion picture). GIF however, does the job presentation of a message much better, since it contains a short motion picture that goes along with text. This alone gives it a clearer and vivid idea of what the person behind the GIF is thinking of arguing.
Just as I thought, in the previous class discussion, that MEMES are a useful informal way of communication in online spaces, I think that GIFs are even more efficient at their job. My reason to think this is because of the way they are formed together. Yes, a motion picture image can go a long way in describing a vivid idea of what you’re trying to say. Just imagine for a moment that you feel sick. If you only had the option of writing a short text of how you feel at this moment, it probably wouldn’t be very clear to the audience of how sick you are, how sick you feel, or what type of sick it is. You short text, in this case, will also be missing the visual representation of feelings, humor, sadness, or even anger. The audience might know that you are sick because of your short text (let’s say: composed of 3-4 words only).
But what if you mixed your text with a motion picture (short clip, in this case)? Now we’re talking. This is another layer that facilitates visualization to the audience. With this option of motion picture, you can now choose what time of image you want to put on your GIF, and how detailed in terms of representation of your idea. Now, the audience can see if you have a cold, a fever, and more, based on the type of motion picture you attach to the GIF. They can also, see the level of seriousness of your sickness if you attach the right image (how much emotion is showing). All of these are solid reasons to how a GIF can provide a better visualization of your idea.
Another reason to why I think GIFs are useful as a form of communication is in relation to its form of delivery. Being one that is always digital makes the difference in how the message is delivered in terms of speed and accessibility. The internet has really opened many possibilities for communication all over the world, in various ways. You can now send a message, GIF, MEME, video, sound, and many other tools of communication at a speed that is not possible with the mail services. Even the fastest of mail services can only deliver within days, but not in seconds or minutes (as in the case of online communication).
Yes, communication through online space is now almost instant and very reliable. For this reason, GIFs make another useful way of communication, as it can reach a certain audience in no time. This means, your message and idea get across faster and you can receive faster feedback or responses. In addition to this, there is more accessibility with this form of communication. Nowadays, thanks to the internet, the information you post online can be visible to almost anyone who has access to the internet and online spaces. So, this means that more people can have access to your GIF in no time. Doesn’t that make your day? Not only is your GIF being distributed at a fast speed, but also to a large amount of people. And the best part of it is that your GIF message will tell your idea in a way that is easy to understand, without the need for someone to read a written paragraph from you.