I hope our analysis of several educational/instructional comics has helped you think about your Unit #3 projects, and I hope you’ve been making good progress on your comics. At this point, you should have a solid idea of (1) what you want to teach or explain in your comic, and (2) how you plan to use the genre conventions of comics to accomplish that goal. This weekend is the time to finalize the written script for your comic and collect pictures, take screenshots, generate cartoon characters, etc., to illustrate your comic. (Don’t forget about the long list of helpful websites on the Resources page!) If you have questions about your comic or need help refining your ideas, please come see me during my office hours next week (M 8–11, T 1–4).
Here’s how we’ll spend our time next week:
- On Monday, your Teaming Inventory results for Unit #4 are due at the beginning of class. (I will use these to form teams that I will announce on Wednesday, so this is your one shot to influence your team assignment.) In addition, please read two short articles in the Social Media Reader: “Phreaks, Hackers, and Trolls,” by E. Gabriella Coleman (pp. 99–119), and “The Language of Internet Memes,” by Patrick Davidson (pp. 120–34). When you’re done, add a comment to this post that links to your favorite internet meme. If you aren’t familiar with memes, you might want to start looking at Know Your Meme, MemeCenter, or Greg Rutter’s “Definitive List of the 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced on the Internet Unless You’re a Loser or Old or Something.” Oh, and just in case this wasn’t obvious: out of respect for your classmates, please keep it clean.
- On Wednesday, we will conduct a peer critique session for Unit #3. Please come to class with a complete draft (i.e., 3–4 pages, all panels filled) of your instructional comic in PDF format. When our peer critique session is done, I will introduce Unit #4 and give you a few minutes to brainstorm ideas for that project with your new teammates.
If you have any questions about these plans, just let me know. Otherwise, I’ll look forward to a lively discussion in class on Monday!
Favorite meme ever: http://fyeahenglishmajorarmadillo.tumblr.com/ <– English Major Armadillo! It was really hard to choose. Hopefully this is safe for class… but this is the definitive collection of the best EMA images. 'fyeah' is just how Tumblr does things.
My favorite meme is http://www.youshouldhaveseenthis.com/ because it has a few YouTube videos I have seen, and a link to http://www.homestarrunner.com/, which I was introduced to 7.5 years ago and have revered ever since. I can’t wait to see what else is on this list!
I don’t look at a whole lot of memes, but I think this one has to be one of my favorites: http://cheezburger.com/6730604544
I’m not a huge meme person either like Augusta, but when classes were cancelled and then uncancelled last week, my Facebook news feed got flooded with memes, and this one has to be my favorite: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151177249274209&set=a.124914644208.97677.583484208&type=1&theater.
So apparently my link doesn’t work since it was on FB. So here’s another meme: http://megustamemes.tumblr.com/post/35506568690. Every time I look at it, I can’t help but laugh.
I’m with George and Augusta, I am not big into memes. Only when I am browsing Pinterest or Facebook and see something is when i become aware of them. So one site that make memes about Virginia Tech student life (and is on Facebook often) is HokieHighs at http://hokiehighs.tumblr.com/archive
*Some content can be questionable for class, but most all of it is fine.
It’s a tie between “It’s over 9000!!!!!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiMHTK15Pik and “Leeeeeeerrrooooooy Jeeeeenkins!!!!”
Love Leroy Jenkins!!! Nice pick.
Success kid is my favorite
I also don’t typically go on the internet to look at memes but friends will send them to me and If I see one that’s funny I’ll send it back but I don’t have a favorite. Typically just about anyone can find a meme that they can relate to in one way or another on this site – http://whatshouldwecallme.tumblr.com/archive
When I log on to FB and see a funny meme in my news feed it brightens my day.
“While genes rely on the physical process of reproduction to replicate, memes rely on the mental processes of observation and learning” (121).
This meme cracks me up because I made my little sister think she was adopted when we were little. For real though, she don’t look anything like my mom or my dad. JK
First world problems. Because people love complaining about how rich they are.
especially this one
I’m definitely a sucker for memes especially when I go onto Pinterest. My sister and I are huge animal lovers, so we tend to send them back-and-forth via email.
This one has been around for awhile but it still makes laugh whenever it gets used in tandem with a good set up picture (Like the ketchup ripping one in the examples at the bottom)
I’m a big fan of the Bad Luck Brian Memes, and I laughed pretty hard at this one…
is bad joke eel. One of my favorites, and very versatile if someone tells a bad joke.
Well, that didn’t work as expected. I can’t edit it either. I am ashamed.
Here’s one that usually makes me laugh..
also I’m a fan of Bill O’Reilly “We’ll do it live” but that contains some dicey language I wasn’t sure was appropriate for class.
I am not a huge meme person either like a lot of people are saying; but the first time I saw this one I thought it was hilarious:
There is a corresponding Twitter account and Facebook page that furthers the joke, and while it has a lot of bad examples-when its good, its really good.
Hands down my favorite place to find memes would have to be LOL Cats, and I don’t really have a favorite per say, but here is a link to one of the funniest ones I like:
My boyfriend and I were having a kind of spirited discussion/argument about this last night. He holds that there’s a big difference between something that’s just funny on the internet like an image macro, and something that’s actually a meme, since the traditional definition of a meme is something that changes as it’s duplicated (p. 122 at the top addresses this).
So while one of my favorite popular image macro series, commonly called a meme, is Successful Black Man (http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/successful-black-man), I don’t think it would be quite accurate to call an image like this http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/35ht5j/ a meme alone. However, if you look at the fact that Successful Black Man uses the similar convention of many different image macros with a face on a background of multi-colored triangular sections of a square, as well as the fact that it actually spawned two direct spin-offs, Ordinary Muslim Man and Successful White Man, it can be seen as a part of the greater meme of image macros.
So, I find it really important to remember in our discussion that a meme is not every weird picture with a funny (or semi-funny) statement on it using the font impact that you can find on the internet. It’s important to think about the origin and malleability of that image to determine if it’s truly a meme or if it’s simply a funny thing on the internet.
My roommate and I sometimes try and talk like Yoda in casual conversation, so when we saw this we died laughing.
Guys, this is actually the best meme ever. One of the few I’ve found that I think is both snarky and non-offensive/abrasive.
Here’s my new meme: http://memegenerator.net/instance/30062690
Oh my god, studying the internet in class.
http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3rqxgp/ Meme for class!
Overly Attached Girlfriend http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3rqxkd/
Not a good one but here ya go:
Just a play on words… sorry, this is my kind of joke.
Thought this might be on everyone’s mind…