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If 2011 was the year social media arrived as a force in Chinese culture and politics, then 2012 was the year social media supercharged one of contemporary China’s finest forms of cultural and political expression: the Internet meme.

To be sure, the Chinese Internet has been a fertile producer of memes for quite some time. One of 2011’s great Internet moments — the Ministry of Railways spokesman’s haughty and ultimately career-ending effort to explain the burial of passenger cars after a deadly high-speed train crash in Wenzhou — is still going strong a year and a half later. And of course there’s 2009’s “grass mud horse,” which appears destined for immortality (and even a modicum of global cross-over) after being adopted by dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

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“That’s Cute” (otherwise known as “That’s Adorable”) is a sarcastic expression used to patronize or dismiss someone’s self-complacency or boastful statement, similar to the phrase “bitch, please.” It is typically used to juxtapose the capabilities or accomplishments of two comparable subjects, as seen in image macro series like Unimpressed Astronaut and Condescending Wonka.

Origin

The phrase “that’s cute” has been used as a colloquial expression for many years prior to its online adaptations. The first Urban Dictionary[1] entry was submitted by user sweetsean93 on February 2nd, 2010, defining the phrase as a sarcastic declaration used in response to an annoying comment or sophomoric statement.

Usage in Image Macros

On June 5th, 2011, Redditor eps101 submitted a post titled “Oh, Charlie” to the /r/pics[2] subreddit, featuring an image macro of Charlie Sheen bragging about the amount of drugs he had consumed, followed by a photograph of writer Hunter S. Thompson with the caption “You’re adorable” (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post received over 12,700 up votes and 700 comments.

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On March 10th, 2012, FunnyJunk[5] user ghostytrickster submitted a post titled “That’s Cute,” featuring an image macro comparing Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony to the deceased German Nazi Party leader Adolph Hitler (shown below, left). On May 30th, Redditor bekbekbekaw submitted a post titled “That’s cute” to the /r/funny[4] subreddit, featuring an image macro of Miley Cyrus referring to herself as a “stoner” accompanied by the photo of Hunter S. Thompson from Redditor eps101’s image macro (shown below, right).

On August 31st, Redditor cockpunch25 submitted an image macro to the /r/funny[3] subreddit, featuring a photograph of pop star Justin Bieber complaining about growing up with divorced parents, followed by a picture of rapper Eminem with the caption “That’s cute” (shown below, left). Within two months, the post received over 6,800 up votes and 315 comments. On October 28th, the Cheezburger site Memebase published an image macro comparing the rapper Drake with the character Walt from Breaking Bad (shown below, right).

The phrase is often used in the Unimpressed Astronaut image macro series, in which a photograph of an astronaut walking on the moon is captioned with grievances about long-distance travel followed by a dismissive statement (shown below, left). The image macro series Advantages of Science uses the similar expression “That’s cool” in response to biblical understandings of natural phenomenon (shown below, middle). The phrase is also commonly used in the Condescending Wonka advice animal series, in which a screen capture of Willy Wonka (played by Gene Wilder) from the 1971 musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is captioned with patronizing and sarcastic statements.

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External References

[1]Urban Dictionary – That’s Cute

[2]Reddit – Oh Charlie

[3]Reddit – That’s Cute, Justin

[4]Reddit – That’s cute

[5]FunnyJunk – That’s Cute

[6]9gag – You went skydiving today?

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An anonymous reader writes "It seems cell phones and the internet have come to the reclusive nation of North Korea — albeit in a manner that you might not expect. North Korea now sports over a million cell phones, although calls are not allowed outside of the country and text messages come daily from North Korean authorities sporting government propaganda. The internet is not the global internet of Twitter and Facebook, but a government-crafted intranet that is restricted to just a tiny percentage of the population. The intranet is restricted to elites in North Korea with good standing. The intranet uses message boards, chat functions, and state sponsored messages; its use has also been encouraged among universities, technical professionals and scientists, and others to exchange info. An even smaller fraction can access the outside internet. All of this seems to be an effort to control the information revolution without losing authority."


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Sometime in the late 20th century a naked man bent over, spread his ass and took a picture. Eventually that picture, known as Goatse, became one of the most venerable memes in internet history. Who is this man, and how did his ass take over the internet?

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 Tibetan Fox

For this week's Creepicute creature we have the Tibetan Fox, an animal who is absolutely adorable all over except its unsettling facial expression. Why so serious Fox? What kind of evil-genius plot are you hatching? What do you squeeps think, cuddly and cute, or mischievous and creepy?

Life's too short to avoid the *SPLORT*! Visit Daily Squee for your daily cuteness!

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Could all those LOLcats, advice animals, rage comics, and various memes you've spent hours laughing online at actually be a new form of artistic self-expression? After taking a look at things from the perspectives of famous artists and philosophers like Andy Warhol and Aristotle, PBS's Idea Channel thinks so, and discusses why in a truly upvote-worthy video.

"Creating images and sharing them with strangers for the purpose of communicating personal experiences? That my friends, is art."

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Posted at: 2012-03-03 03:09:51
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2/10 Would Not Bang is an image macro series in which photos of physically attractive women (and occasionally men) are scrutinized for minor or imagined flaws, prefaced by an ironically low rating on a scale of one to ten. The images are meant to parody hypocritical judgments made about women’s sex appeal on the Internet.

Origin

The rise in popularity of the phrase “would not bang” can be attributed to the advice animal series Butthurt Dweller, which represents Internet commenters who are smug and judgmental about the physical appearance of others. On August 4th, 2011, a Butthurt Dweller Quickmeme[14] image was submitted with the caption “‘That bitch got fat since high school, would not bang’ / 90 lbs overweight” (shown left). On September 15th, another Butthurt Dweller image with the caption “6/10 / Would Not Bang” (shown right) was submitted to the image macro site Meme Generator.[12]

On January 3rd, 2012, a thread titled “Would not bang” was submitted to 4chan’s[1] /b/ (random) board, which featured a photo of actress, model and WWE fighter Stacy Keibler.[2] The image was captioned in red text with criticisms of subtle details in the photo and the words “2/10 / Would Not Bang” in white. The thread received 545 replies prior to being archived, many of which included new versions of the meme.

Precursor: Sharp Knees

On June 23rd, 2004, a photo gallery of Playboy model Carla Harvey was submitted to the Internet humor site Fark[13], to which user studman69 replied:

“I definitely would NOT hit it. Just look at those sharp knees. She is way below my standard.”

The comment became an ironic catchphrase on the site and inspired photoshopped screenshots of the comment with images of unattractive men.

Spread

On January 3rd, 2012, a post titled “2/10 would not bang girls” was submitted to the /r/4chan[3] subreddit, which included images from the original 4chan thread posted earlier that same day. On January 4th, a compilation of “would not bang” examples was submitted to FunnyJunk.[5] On January 7th, Body Building[7] forum user KuRdiSh created a thread titled “2/10 WOULD NOT BANG (pic)”, featuring the original image of Stacy Keibler from 4chan. On January 24th, the Internet humor blog UpRoxx[8] published an article titled “Meme Watch: ‘2/10, Would Not Bang’ Is Here to Help Point Out The Flaws You Might Have Missed”, which applauded the meme for parodying Internet commenters’ hyper-criticism of beauty. The following day, Slacktory[9] writer Cole Stryker published an article titled “2/10 Would Not Bang: 4chan’s Funniest New Meme”, which included several examples of the series.

The meme has continued to spread on sites like FunnyJunk[16] and Tumblr[6] under the tag “#would not bang.” As of April 24th, 2012, a Facebook[15] page for “2/10 Would NOT BANG” has received 192 likes.

Notable Examples


Derivative: Would Bang

On January 23rd, a photo of Valve co-founder Gabe Newell featuring the caption “10/10, would bang” reached the front page of the /r/gaming[17] subreddit, accumulating over 800 up votes in less than 24 hours. Several other inverse editions of “would not bang” have since been created with unflattering photographs.

Derivative: Would Not X

On January 26th, The Huffington Post[10] published a post titled “2/10 Would Not Bang Meme: What Else Won’t People Do?”, which included variations of the series including “would not eat”, “would not save” and “would not date” derivatives.

  

Search Interest

Searches for “would not bang” were relatively low in volume until January of 2012, the same month the earliest “2/10, would not bang” derivatives appeared.

External References

[1] Chanarchive – Would not bang (nsfw)

[2] Wikipedia – Stacy Keibler

[3] Reddit – 2/10 WOULD NOT BANG – GIRLS

[4] imgur – 2/10 WOULD NOT BANG

[5] FunnyJunk – Would Not Bang

[6] Tumblr – #would not bang

[7] Body Building Forums – 2/10 WOULD NOT BANG

[8] UpRoxx – 2/10 would not bang Is Here To Help Point Out The Flaws You May Have Missed

[9] Slacktory – 2/10 Would Not Bang 4chans Funniest New Meme

[10] The Huffington Post – 2/10 Would Not Bang Meme What Else Won’t People Do?

[11] Wicked Fire – I review chicks 2/10 would not bang

[12] Meme Generator – 6/10

[13] Fark – Playboy hottie: Carla Harvey

[14] Quickmeme – That bitch got fat since high school

[15] Facebook – 2/10 Would NOT BANG

[16] FunnyJunk – would not bang

[17] Reddit – Would do, indeed

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Futurama Fry is an image macro series that uses a still of Fry squinting his eyes from the TV show Futurama, and is typically paired with overlaid text using a phrasal template. The top line reads “Not sure if X”, with “or just Y” as the bottom line, and is used to represent an internal monologue.

Origin

In the Season 2, Episode 11 episode of Futurama titled “The Lesser of Two Evils”, Fry can be seen making the face shortly after being found searching Leela’s underwear drawer at around 15 minutes into the episode.[1]

This still image was first used in a I See What You Did There derivative:

Spread

One of the earliest derivatives to use the phrasal template appears to be the “not sure if trolling, or just stupid” image macro. Derivatives can be found on Memebase[2], Quickmeme[3], FunnyJunk[4], Memegenerator[5], and the Advice Animals subreddit.[6]

Search

Search query volume for “futurama fry” is far too large to be limited to the image macro series, but “fry meme” and “futurama meme” may provide a more accurate look at search query volume specifically related to the images. Searches of the phrase commonly associated with the Fry meme, “Not sure if trolling, or just stupid” can also be seen as increasing months after the introduction of the meme.

Notable Derivatives

Template

External Links

[1] trilulilu – Futurama S02E11 The Lesser Of Two Evils [dd] / 15:23

[2] Memebase – Fry

[3] Quickmeme – Futurama Fry

[4] FunnyJunk – Futurama Fry

[5] Memegenerator – Futurama Fry

[6] Reddit – /r/AdviceAnimals: Futurama Fry

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60’s Spider-Man refers to image macros from stills taken from an old Spider-Man cartoon series, which is infamous due to it’s poor quality animation, writing, and voice acting. The overlaid text typically represents Spider-Man’s absurd internal monologue relating to what action can be seen in the image.

Origin

The images were taken from the Spider-Man animated television series that ran from September 9, 1967 to June 14, 1970. It was jointly produced in Canada (for voice talent) and the United States (for animation) and was the first animated adaptation of the Spider-Man comic book series, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko.

The meme on originated on the internet around 2009 after users of /co/ would stream episodes of the show and invite others anon’s to come and watch. The show itself was very low budget. This can be noted by the over-use of stock animation, such as images of Spider-Man swinging across skylines and the focuses on his face. The fact that the show was low budget contributed to the poor animation. Being a poorly animated show, there were tons of funny, awkward, over dramatic and odd poses Spider Man and other characters would strike into at random times during the show. This amused the majority of viewers would in return would post these images on the board after an episode ended, some what like a recap of the funny parts. As time went on and these images were saved and circulated, highly exploitable and funny to look at it wasn’t long until they gained captions and started being used reaction images.

Spread

60’s Spider-Man has seen growing popularity on blog sites such as Tumblr[1][2] since the beginning of April 2011. However, evidence of the meme on the blog site has been noted as early as November of 2010. The earliest evidence of 60’s Spider-Man on Tumblr came from a blog called “Wallopin Websnappers”[3]. The person behind the blog collected over 700 screenshots from the 1967 show and posted a good amount of them individually without captions.

4chan Thread

4chan archive has a /co/ thread from July 19, 2009 titled “Spider-man on his day off”[4] with 153 posts featuring images of Spider-Man with humorous titles that are very similar to the overlaid text found in the image macros.

Notable Examples

Search

Search traffic for “spiderman meme” has seen a significant increase since January, 2011 that may correlate with the resurgence of popularity with the 60’s Spider-Man image macros.

External References

[1] Tumblr – Spiderman Spiderman

[2] Tumblr – Fuck Yeah Spidermemes

[3] Tumblr – Wallopin Websnappers

[4] 4chan archive

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