Jane Hu

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GIF Typologies and the Heritage of the Moving Image

by Jane Hu on September 28, 2012

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EDMONTON, Alberta — Animated GIFs express newness through the medium of the explicitly old. Seen as the quaint markers of a pre-Flash world wide web, GIFs’ ongoing renaissance over the past half-decade places them in an online context that marks their vintage aesthetic difference as a notable appeal rather than an intrusive deficiency.

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