The Greatest Gif(t)s
Whether you think memes represent the death of culture, or the dawning of a glorious new one, no one can deny that our increasingly digital communication channels and the technologies associated with them, like GIFs and emojis, have radically changed the way we communicate with each other. If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many can be communicated with a few dozen strung together? In time, we all develop our own styles and favorites as digital extensions of our personalities. With this in mind, I asked the GIF connoisseurs at Block Club to submit their votes for The Greatest GIF. Hopefully, focusing on the stupid beauty of the internet for a few moments will help us all get through the longest shortest month together (just please no one say JIF; it starts with a G, people).
So, without further ado, Block Club presents THE GREATEST GIFS:
My pick for the greatest GIF of all time is the “Supa Hot Fire” rap battle GIF. For starters, this has proven to be perennially useful as a reaction that says everything I want to say and more whenever anyone gets burned, but without any tired clichés. Moreover, there’s just so much going on in these very rich two seconds of action that it’s hard not to appreciate the perfection of this moment every time I see it. I could watch this one over and over again.
A few honorable mentions:
Sax Walrus, which is just about as close to pure bliss as you can get in a GIF format, but what really sets this one in a class of its own is the subtle pinch of unhinged insanity which really keeps things interesting for me.
And this absolute classic never fails to make me laugh, but it also oddly represents a range of specific emotions perfectly: the desire to shirk responsibility, confusion, the desire to leave a conversation, etc.
This pizza related GIF is an all-time fav of mine. It’s a great way to get my co-workers to ditch their sad salads and bulk up on some Za with me. There’s so many levels to it. The gigantic boombox in the upper right. Blain, nothing but piss, vinegar and a jaw full of tobacco, squints off camera and smirkingly tells you nothing but the truth. THE TRUTH! In the darkness of the background, a figure stares deeply into your soul. It’s Mac, dry-shaving his face wondering why in God’s name you have not gotten the pizza yet.
Runner up: Hold on to your butts GIF. Everyone forgets that Sam Jackson was in the first “Jurassic Park” and that in every scene he was in, he stole the show. This GIF is a great way to let everyone know something big is about to happen, or for when Steve is about to reset the wifi router.
Ben (Content Strategist)
Ahh, a classic. If GIFs occupied Mt. Rushmore, this one would be Washington, leading the charge. This captures everything right and wrong with the Kardashians. In it, Momager Kris Jenner is seen shamelessly exploiting one of her duplicitous offspring using what I’m sure are lackluster photographic skills (does anyone have the picture she’s taking?) and also poor grammar. I guess that’s what’s wrong. What’s right is that it’s so much fun to laugh at.
Bri (Brand Manager)
For the times I’m not sure what is going on, no one makes you feel more confused than beloved Creed from “The Office”:
When things don’t go quite as you planned:
Adam (Brand Manager)
If you ask me what my favorite TV show of all time is, I’ll tell you “Mad Men.” If you ask me after I’ve had a few beers, I’ll tell you the honest truth: “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” There’s nothing I love more than a clip of a grandpa falling into a wedding cake, or a dog doing human things. I like to use this GIF when I’ve had enough.
I’ve seen this GIF a thousand times, and I still can’t believe that it is not me as a nine year old. Pure exuberance.
Steve (Studio Manager)
I love this GIF, as it perfectly captures how we’ve all felt at one point or another, especially nowadays with the daily news coming out of Washington.
One of my favorite humans, in one of my favorite clips from his “SNL” days: Chris Farley imitating Dom DeLuise on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” is my go-to GIF when something funny comes up and I can’t stop laughing.
I’ve been off the heavy traffic GIF train for awhile so I don’t know what zany GIFs the kids are swapping these days. Still, I hold tight to two standby reaction GIFs, one or the other of which always manages to capture unbridled optimism in a way words cannot.